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Supporting Phonics

At Penn Wood, children begin learning sounds in Nursery. From the start of Reception, children are taught using the RWI phonics programme, which systematically teaches children the sounds needed to become competent readers.


For more information on our approach to early reading, please see our Early Reading policy:

Parent video: Understanding Phonics

Phoneme pronunciation guide


Children find it easier to learn to read and spell if they are taught pure sounds.

Watch the videos below to see and hear how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly.

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Parent video: Sound blending


Our Reading Schemes


Whilst children are learning to read using the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme, children take home 'Book Bag Books' linked to each story they read in school. Reading tasks, including quizzes, are also set on Oxford Owl - all children have their own unique login.


Once children have completed the RWI scheme, children are assessed using PM Benchmarking and then read the appropriate banded books.

Reading at Home


Children are expected to read daily at home, with parents' support if necessary and appropriate. Every child has a home-school reading record which is monitored daily by class teachers. Children have access to Oxford Reading Buddy and Oxford Owl, where they can read a wide range of e-books.


Parents are actively encouraged to attend Rapid Reading mornings in Early Years and KS1 - opportunities to read with their child in school, as well as regular reading and phonics workshops held in school.


Please read the following Rising Stars guide to reading with your child at home for advice on supporting your children:

The guide is also available in a range of languages:

Parent video: Why read to your child?

Parent video: 10 things to think about when you read to your child

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