Phonics and Catching Up

Children who have not completed the phonics programme in Year 1 or 2 are supported to develop their reading skills using the Read Write Inc. phonics programme.


In these sessions, children are taught to develop their understanding of the key building blocks of reading, including:

  • phonemes, diagraphs and trigraphs;
  • high frequency and/or 'tricky' words - those that cannot be easily 'segmented' into groups of sounds.

These are consolidated through structured reading and writing activities.


There are lots of opportunities to speak and listen, as well as to read and write the sounds. Ideally, children will have completed and consolidated the programme so they can focus more on higher-level comprehension using increasingly challenging texts. The children who have been identified as needing additional phonics intervention will be sent home with a Read Write Inc book that practises the exact sound which has been covered in the intervention.


More information can be found on the links below.

What is Phonics | Oxford Owl

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Get a definition of phonics and understand the key aspects of learning to read using phonics. Learn more about key terms such as 'phonemes', 'blending' and 'tricky words'.

How to pronounce the 44 'pure' sounds | Oxford Owl

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