At Northfield Road we use Read Write Inc, which is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme, which through a mixture of sounds and images enables the children to retain sounds in their working and long term memory and learn to read.
Mrs Parker is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her.
Look out for links sent directly via the School App, showing you some of the sounds that your child is currently working on, enabling them to complete additional learning at home!
We will also be holding the following parent meetings throughout this academic year:
Tuesday 28th November 2023 - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Parent workshop: A whistle-stop tour of how we teach phonics, the way your child will learn to read and a couple of top tips for helping at home. Mrs Parker will explore our phonics scheme, show you the phonics teaching your children will receive each day and answer any questions you might have.
Tuesday 16th January 2024 - Year 5 and 6 parent workshop: This session will focus on our Fresh Start programme. Mrs Parker will explain what it is, how it works for our older pupils and how you can help at home.
Wednesday 31st January 2024 - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Parent workshop: All you need to know about phonics and what you can do to help at home. A refresher on phonics and what RWI phonics is and the best methods to help our children to read at home.
Thursday 7th March 2024 - Year 1 Parent information session: An information session, sharing details of the statutory Phonics Screening Check; what it consists of, what is expected of the children and ways you can help in the run up to the check.
Tuesday 23rd April 2024 - Year 1 Parent information session: An information session, sharing details of the statutory Phonics Screening Check; what it consists of, what is expected of the children and ways you can help in the run up to the check. (This session is a repeat of the session above on Thursday 7th March)
We look forward to seeing you in school!
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy 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. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. At Northfield Road we begin the programme in Reception and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.
RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at
How will RWI be taught?
All children are assessed regularly by one of our RWI teachers.
Groups are small and based on children's needs. This allows complete participation in lessons.
Daily lessons provide regular opportunities for feedback.
What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?
◦The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.
◦It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check in Year 2 so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.