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At St. John’s we are developing and improving the way we teach phonics. We are using the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ phonics programme which has proven success in developing children’s reading ability.


All of our staff are trained in this new way of working and we will be working closely with parents to help you support your child at home. Children will have a ‘Read, Write, Inc’ reading book per week. These will be changed in accordance to the lessons the children are doing, and it is encouraged they are read a number of times during the week at home to develop fluency and intonation as well as understanding.


Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.


We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


How does it work?

Right from the beginning of Reception, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a highly successful English programme created by Ruth Miskin. All Reading Teachers at St John's have received training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, to ensure we meet our aim for all children to become confident and enthusiastic readers.


The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is carefully matched to the curriculum, giving every child the best chance of success.


Reception to Year 2 children are taught using Read Write Inc. Phonics as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme but it is also taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4.