GLF Schools

Reading and Phonics

The English curriculum enables children to develop as strong readers and writers, which is underpinned through developing high-functioning oracy within the Talk for Writing Programme. A culture of early excellence in reading has been created through the home-school partnership, which provides the foundation for reading development. The school has introduced Read, Write, Inc. to assist early reading. From these foundations the DERIC model informs whole school quality-first teaching.

Resources and extra-curricular opportunities enable children to develop a life-long love of reading. Texts are carefully selected to afford rich writing opportunities and these link to all aspects of the curriculum. Within lessons there is an explicit focus on teacher modelling and direct vocabulary instruction, in order to create independent, skilled writers.

We support parents weekly through our school newsletter, please refer to these for useful tips and advice to improve reading at home.

At Springfield Primary School we use a synthetic phonics programme to teach reading in Early Years and Year 1, called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. As children progress and can decode fluently they move onto our personalised reading scheme which develops children’s comprehension, vocabulary, writing, critical thinking and discussion skills and grammar – in a fun and meaningful way.

Read, Write, Inc. explained:


Read Write Inc. Phonics is a method of teaching reading which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics), and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.

The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They work in small groups with a teacher and a teaching assistant. At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again. In addition to the Read Write Inc programme the children will also be working on writing skills and storytelling in their classes with their own class teacher.

Please click here to see how we teach phonics


Using Read Write Inc the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read. When using 'Read Write Inc' to read the children will: learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts; learn to read words by blending the sounds together; read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out; show that they understand the stories by answering 'find It' and 'prove it' discussion questions.


Read Write Inc. allows the children to spell effortlessly so that they can put their energy into working out what they want to write. When using 'Read Write Inc' to write the children will: learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds; learn to write words by sounding them out and then writing the corresponding graphemes; learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences; compose a range of texts using discussion prompts; compose stories based on picture strips. 


When using 'Read Write Inc' the children work in pairs to: answer questions to practise every activity; take turns talking to each other; give positive praise to each other.


Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets. Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat. Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can, and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

Pronouncing sounds

You can practise saying the sounds by downloading the phonic sounds PowerPoint presentation. Save the presentation to your computer and click 'view slideshow' to run the presentation. Click your left mouse button to cue each sound.

Visit the Read Write Inc Parent's Page for further information.

Book Week 2020:

On Monday 2nd March, students at Springfield will participate in our annual event - Book week. This year we are excited to reveal that author Paul Stewart will be coming in for a day and working with the children. He will be discussing the amazing books that he has written and the journey he went on to become an author. 

During the week, children in each year group will be completing book studies, with various writing and drama based activities linked to these stories. Children will also:

  • participate in a reading treasure hunt
  • take part in a reading quiz
  • read with a child in a different year group
  • listen to an adult in the school read their favourite book
  • create a book trailer in computing
  • take part in a writing competition
  • dress up on World Book Day as their favourite book character

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