We teach phonics through the RWI scheme. RWI (Read Write Inc) is an inclusive phonics programme for all children (including SEND and EAL children) learning to read in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) to Year two. At St. Mary’s, children are removed from the programme when they reach KS2 or when they complete the RWI assessment. RWI is used for some children in KS2 as an intervention programme running in an afternoon for any pupils in Years three to six who need to catch up rapidly.

At the core of the programme is the vigorous and systematic teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words over a short period of time, alongside letter formation and spelling.

They then, importantly, read books with words they can sound-blend, so they get early success in reading. The more sounds they learn, the greater the range of texts they can read. All children in KS1 and any KS2 intervention children will take home one RWI phonics book to match their phonics ability. Children really enjoy reading them and can use their current phonics knowledge to decode words. They can also talk about the ‘Find it’ and ‘Prove it’ questions at the end of each story. Children taking part in the RWI scheme take home weekly RWI books.

Communication curriculum driver: children use their phonics knowledge when reading a range of texts.

Please view our full RWI Phonics page here.