Helping your child with Phonics

Early Reading at All Saints Academy

Read Write Inc

Information re: our chosen Early Reading Strategy

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a whole-school approach to teaching literacy that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. It integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting using engaging partner work and drama.

At All Saints Academy we have chosen to follow the Read Write Inc strategy to support Early Reading we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences

Click here to watch a video showing how to pronounce the 44 phonemes using pure sounds.

Click here to watch a video showing how to play Fred games to support blending sounds to form words.

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully.  They are taught how to:

* recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;

* identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh‘ or ‘oo‘; and

* blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to solve new words that they hear or see.  This is the first step in learning to read.

The following link takes you to the Phonics Phase 1-5 sound mats.


Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics.wmv

Please watch the following video link to see and hear Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, as she demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics.


What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of each child’s phonics knowledge.  It helps our school to confirm whether a child has made the ‘expected‘ progress.

Please follow the links below to see what previous Phonics checks look like:

2016 Phonics Screening –Check Sheet.

2017Phonics Screening Test – Check Sheet.

2017 Phonics Screening Test.

2018 Phonics Screening Test – Check Sheet.

2018 Phonics Screening Test.





The phonics screening check is a list of 40 words (some real words and some non-words) that children read one-to-one with a teacher.  Children may have read some of the words before, whilst others will be completely new.  Non-words are important to use because words such as ‘jap‘ or ‘jound‘ are new to all children and therefore cannot be read by memory. This type of reading activity is not untypical in our school and therefore children do not feel pressured or uncomfortable in any way.  In fact our children usually ‘bounce in’ to read with their teacher and are excited by the experience. The check normally takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit.  If a child is struggling, the teacher will stop the check.

Children who have not met the standard in year 1 will retake the check in year 2.


* Let your child see you read and read to them
* Tell your child about interesting things that you have read in newspapers, magazines and books.
* Visit the local library.
* Visit bookshops.
* Sit with your child every night and engage with them in their reading. Please make comments in their reading record book to assist the teachers.
* Discuss with them about what they have read in the book.
* Ask them to retell the story.
* Talk about interesting words and identify words or interesting phrases that they might use in their writing.
* Occasionally ask them to write the sequence of the story and identify characters.