Reading and Phonics


Mrs Baxter: Phonics and Early Reading Lead
Miss Grylls: English Lead

Phonics and Reading at Roseberry Primary School

Pupils will ‘read easily, fluently and with good understanding’ and ‘develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.’ (National Curriculum)

We recognise that the ability to read and interpret the written language is a fundamental skill for accessing all other areas of our curriculum; it lays the foundations for success for their future lives including education and employment. We strive to provide language rich environments and a curriculum where children actively engage with high quality vocabulary and texts. In addition to this, staff endeavour to foster and instill a love of reading. Our library areas, classroom reading areas, bespoke books, topic books and deliberate links to enhance interest in the wider curriculum give children the opportunity to explore a range of literature in different forms. At Roseberry, in partnership with parents and carers, we endeavour to support every child in becoming a fluent, confident reader by the end of Year 6 as we believe it is a vital foundation to support them on their educational journey.

At Roseberry Primary School, children learn to read using the Phonics scheme Read Write Inc. Children are taught to read accurately and fluently in order to support their comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step by step to support the writing processes and skills of the Roseberry Writing Curriculum.

Children rapidly learn sounds and the letter, or groups of letters they need to represent them, in three sets of Speed Sounds Lessons. Simple and enjoyable mnemonics help children to grasp the letter-sound correspondences quickly, especially those who are at risk of making slower progress or those who are new to learning English. This knowledge is taught and consolidated every day. High frequency words that are not phonically regular are taught as ‘tricky’ words, which are called red words, and are practised frequently. We ensure that the fundamentals of RWI are embedded to support the children on their reading journey throughout school.

In addition to RWI, we also have an extensive ‘Reading Road’ which details the array of teaching, lessons, reading activities and interventions that we have in place to ensure all children are able to become fluent and confident readers.

Parent Information Booklet 1
Parent Information Booklet 2
RWI Handwriting Phrases
Book Bag Books and Post-RWI Books
Home School Reading Diary Expectations Nursery
Home School Reading Diary Expectations Reception
Home School Reading Diary Expectations Y1 and Y2
Home School Reading Diary Expectations Y3 and Y4
Home School Reading Diary Expectations Y5 and Y6

Bespoke and Topic Books

Reading Areas


Reading at Roseberry