For every child to be able to decode words accurately to support them in becoming confident, fluent readers and have a love of reading. Children should be able to apply phoneme and grapheme knowledge (to help them decode unfamiliar words) allowing them to help build their fluency and comprehension to give them full access to the curriculum.


  • Reading Skills lessons are taught 4 times a week. Children who are not at expected standard in reading and have gaps in phonics have phonics interventions as part of their Reading Skills lessons.
  • Children are recapping phonics knowledge and applying it in the lessons and in their weekly spellings.
  • Following the Read Write Inc. and RWI Fresh Start, children read texts in these lessons which have a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge.
  • Children have opportunities to read 1:1 within these sessions with an adult.
  • The RWI Fresh Start scheme has been adapted to include the school’s Reading Skills by including VIPERS to extend children’s vocabulary knowledge and to build on inferencing, predicting, explaining, retrieving and summarising skills.
  • Children who are still below the expected standard in reading at the end of year 3 will continue to have Project X Code interventions to support fluency.


On entry to year 3, children were assessed based on their phonics knowledge, fluency (teacher assessment) and comprehension. 73% of the children who have received phonics interventions have made accelerated progress (Spring 2020).

The amount of children needing reading interventions decreases throughout KS2. In the academic year 2020-2021, 25 children have had phonics interventions and in year 6, there are only 6 children doing Project X Code.

Learning our Sounds:

When we are learning our sounds, it is really important we pronounce the sounds correctly. This supports us with our spellings, reading and our speech. By using sound buttons, this helps us to segment the sounds in a word to help us read it, pronounce it and to check if we have spelt the word correctly.

When sounding out, it is important we do not schwa! Schwaing is when you say ‘cuh’ instead of ‘c’ and ‘muh’ instead of ‘m’. We have created some videos to help you with the pronunciation of the different phonemes (letter sounds).

Set 1 Sounds


Set 2 Sounds


Set 3 Sounds

Useful Websites

Here are some useful websites which include games and support to help you identify the different phonemes and graphemes: