Reading and Phonics

At St Edward’s we lay strong emphasis on the teaching of reading.  The ability to read well is a vital skill and this opens up the wider curriculum to our pupils.  We use a structured Phonics and Early Reading reading scheme: Read, Write Inc. which is used across the school to embed the mechanics of phonics and reading with our children, starting in Nursery. Alongside this, we encourage the children to share books at home to read with their parents, as well as sending home books linked to the Phonics scheme. In Key Stage Two, children may choose additional fiction reading books from the well-resourced class libraries and non- fiction from the school library. We teach reading through both individual and guided group reading.

In addition to this we also offer reading support for those children who find reading challenging. Some children may participate in intervention groups to enable them to catch up.


  • Children from Nursery follow the ‘Read, Write Inc’ scheme of learning. More information can be found by visiting
  • All phonic lessons have four parts which are interactive, well-paced and structured so that the children are revisiting, learning, practicing and applying their skills.
  • We follow a clear progressive scheme for planning and staff across school support in the delivery of Phonics lessons
  • Children in KS2 also continue to learn phonics if necessary and all children receive spelling lists to learn weekly.


Phonic knowledge is assessed termly through the appropriate phonic assessment package.

Phonic knowledge is assessed during Year 1 through the statutory phonics screening check. It also be repeated during Year 2 to monitor progress and identify those children in need of intervention.


Grammar and Punctuation 

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