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Reading is such an important life skill and it is at the heart of everything we do at North Waltham. Through our rigorous phonics curriculum, we ensure children develop the skills and knowledge they need to develop as confident readers who have a love of books. We want students to enjoy reading so that it promotes an interest in other subjects of the curriculum. Children should leave school as lifelong readers, writers and learners.  We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with exceptional independent learning skills and we believe that reading is at the heart of this.

We take a structured approach to the teaching of reading and pupils are taught phonics daily through the Read Write Inc Scheme.

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. 


Please find below some useful information about Read Write Inc in our school: 

Parent Meeting presentation

Reading at Home Booklet 1

Reading at Home Booklet 2

Parent letter: Phonics in our school

Speed Sounds Chart

Complex Speed Sounds

Ten Top Tips


Phonics Screening Test

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 and some children in Year 2 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill. 


Please find information below which has been published by the government and provides further information about the KS1 phonics screening

Everything you need to know about phonics in school

2024 Phonics Screening Check