Reading & Phonics


At De Havilland, we strive to teach children to read effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme (RWI) which includes teaching synthetic phonics, sight vocabulary, decoding and encoding words as well as spelling and accurate letter formation.

We passionately believe that teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is one of the core purposes of a primary school. These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances. Using the RWI phonics programme we teach children to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

In practice, children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and are taught how to blend these sounds to decode (read) words. We start by teaching children to read and blend the first thirty Set 1 sounds. Once they have conquered this skill, they start reading stories and texts that have words made up of the sounds they know. This means that they can embed and apply their phonic knowledge and start to build their reading fluency. Once secure, children learn Set 2 and Set 3 sounds and then read texts with increasingly more complex sounds and graphemes. Throughout this process there is a focus on comprehension, reading with expression and reading for enjoyment.

Children are taught in small groups, which reflect their phonic knowledge and reading fluency. We regularly assess children so that they are taught in a RWI group, which matches their phonic knowledge. We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ability to read ‘tricky words’; so they experience early reading success and gain confidence that they are readers.


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Reading Implementation KS1 353.4 KB Download
Reading Implementation KS2 351.3 KB Download
Reading at home Support for Parents 108.8 KB Download
Year 1 vipers reading skills 216.49 KB Download
Year 2 vipers reading skills 218.56 KB Download
Year 3 vipers reading skills 220.16 KB Download
Year 4 vipers reading skills.docx 220.38 KB Download
Year 5 vipers reading skills 222.78 KB Download
Year 6 vipers reading skills 222.81 KB Download
Year One Reading list 528.65 KB Download
Year Two Reading list 471.18 KB Download
Year Three Reading list 438.99 KB Download
Year Four Reading list 609.93 KB Download
Year Five Reading list 633.64 KB Download
Year Six Reading list 932.77 KB Download