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Twydall Primary School

Twydall Primary School

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Twydall Primary School uses the “Read Write Inc” scheme to teach phonics in Nursery, Year R, Year1 and Year 2. 

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Children are taught through regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do. Furthermore, children experience listening activities through their day to day exploration of the nursery stations, which have been deliberately designed, initiated by the children's current interests and learning.

Children who show a strong an understanding and ability to discriminate environmental sounds will be targeted to access small group phonic sessions that will introduce Set 1 letters and sounds.

Year R, Year 1 and Year 2

All children from Year R to Year 2 receive daily phonic lessons beginning with 30 minutes at the start of Reception and building to an hour.

Your child will learn to read in a very simple way. He or she will learn to:

1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’

2. Blend these sounds into words

3. Read the words in a story.

Your child will be taught to say the sound for the letter and not the letter name, so ‘m’ as in ‘mat’, not ‘em’;

‘s’ as in ‘sun’ not ‘es’.

The pupils in Reception learn Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter:


and sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’)

sh, ch, th, ng, nk, ck.

Set 2 Speed Sounds

ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo. ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy

In Year 1 the pupils will review set 2 sounds and learn set 3 sounds:

ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure, tion.tious, cious, e

At the end of Year 1 pupils take the National Phonics Screening Check to ensure they are confident applying their phonics.

Parents can help support their children's phonic development by logging on to the following website;

This site contains videos that explain how we teach phonics and ways you can help at home. Including practise the sounds that letters make and supporting with reading.

Children in years 3, 4,5,and 6 who continue to need support with learning how to use phonics to read and write will be taught using resources from the Read Write Inc scheme that are specially designed to teach older children.