Phonics and Reading


At Charlton Horethorne Primary School we have introduced the highly successful Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc phonics programme starting from September 2020 to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our aim is to ensure that our children become competent at spelling and fluent at reading, giving them the best possible start to their learning journey.

Read Write Inc sessions take place each day for all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. The pace and consistency of the programme is a key element to developing reading skills which unlocks the whole curriculum for our children.

The ultimate aim of the Read Write Inc programme is for children to be able to learn and apply sound blending skills and to learn to segment words in order to become confident and fluent readers.

In Reception, the children have daily speed sound and blending lessons building up to reading storybooks exactly matched to the sounds they have learnt.

In Year 1 and 2 the Read Write Inc lesson involves a 20 minute speed sound practice and 20 minutes of guided reading. We will incorporate all this work into well structured class writing sessions that complement our phonic work.

In Years 3-4 children who require phonics catch-up will have the opportunity.

All children who are reading the RWI storybooks in their class lessons will bring these ‘Teaching Books’ home as well as a Book Bag Book which exactly matches the sounds learnt in the session. The children will be able to read these books independently but it is important that you listen to your child read these books several times so that they build up their fluency and expression.  In addition to these books they will bring home a library book of their choice which will be above their reading level therefore it is important that you share the reading of this book with your child.

“I don’t think there’s a big secret about what to do; we need to show children how much we love stories. Read great stories, poems and non-fiction every day, all through school. What we love today they might read tomorrow.”  Ruth Miskin

Please click the link below to find more helpful information for parents


Six tips for reading with your child at home:

1. Make time to read- even ten minutes a day
2. Choose different types of books
3. Take turns to read
4. Talk about the book- asking your child questions
5. Pay attention to the language
6. Enjoy reading

Reading Scheme

We base our reading scheme primarily onthe above Read Write Inc phonics scheme but your child may be a ‘Free Reader’ meaning that they can choose freely from our class and library ranges suitable to their age and ability. Please read our most up to date parent letter about our reading scheme. Your child will bring home 2-3 reading books from our scheme a week.

Useful Books

We do get asked all the time about books that may be suitable for your child at their age or stage. Please do use the lists below to help guide you. Please also let us know if we can add any more to our lists!

Foundation Book List
Y1 Book List
Y2 Book List

Y3-Reading-List Y4-Reading-List Y5-Reading-List Y6-Reading-List


More ideas can be found through the Love Reading For School Website:


Contact Us

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01963 220345
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