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Wigmore Primary School

Twyford Drive, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9TB

01582 616101


Phonics at Wigmore

All phonics in EYFS and KS1 is taught following the using the ‘Read Write Inc Phonics Programme’

The  Read, Write, Inc programme has been proven to be highly effective in teaching children to recognise sounds, helping them to read accurately and spell. As the children progress they are also taught to read with more fluency and have more understanding of what they are reading. The programme begins in Foundation and continues in Years 1 and 2. Children are taught by teachers and teaching assistants who have been highly trained in delivering the programme to the children. They have daily phonics sessions in small groups which match their learning needs. Children are assessed regularly and move groups when they are ready for more advanced learning.

Click here for more information about the Read Write Inc programme      

Helping your child at home:

The best thing that you can do to help your child at home is to read with them every day. You will begin by reading to your child and talking to them about the stories you share. They will then start to recognise whole words and you can begin to encourage them to sound-out basic words e.g. c-a-t

When working with your child at home on letters and sounds, please be careful to pronounce sounds correctly.

You can also find lots of other great phonics videos on ‘You Tube’ linked to the letters and sounds that your child is learning. (Please speak to your child’s class teacher about which learning your child is currently working on.) These videos are great for learning new sounds. You may want to look at ‘Mr Thorne does phonics’ or ‘Kids vs Phonics’ for the sounds that your child is learning.

To practice applying your child’s phonics skills, you can access a range of other websites including:

Phonics Screening Check:

All children are required to take part in the statutory Phonics Screening at the end of Year 1. We will not specifically prepare children for this; rather, they will be told they have a ‘quiz’ and are encouraged to collect as many points as they can for the class team by reading the words before them. The Screening involves reading 40 words with an adult they know well. These are mixture of real words and pseudo (made up) words. The pseudo words are built with phonic strings they have learnt. The adult working with the child stop and start the screening as appropriate or stop before completion if it is right to do so for the child. Children may not be required to take part in some cases if there is a Special Educational Need. Children who do not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1 will have the opportunity to repeat the test when they are in Year 2.