Phonics

Phonics

At North Fawdon, we teach phonics through the hugely successful programme, Read Write Inc. This programme was devised by former head teacher, Ruth Miskin, who has gone on to work as a government advisor for the teaching of phonics.

The rationale at the core of Read Write Inc, is the structured and lively teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and then progress to sound-blend words for reading whilst developing handwriting and spelling.

Alongside the structured approach to teaching phonics, the most important element of it is that the reading books devised have been matched to each stage of progression. This achieves early success in reading because the books have words the children can decode confidently. The more sounds the child knows the greater range of texts they can read. As the children move through the programme, they are taught to comprehend and compose aloud.