Phonics and Reading

At Hassell Primary School we believe that learning to read is a vital skill that creates great enjoyment and enables children to become independent, life long learners.  

From Nursery, the children are surrounded by books. Stories are read with the children everyday and they have lots of opportunities to respond imaginatively and creatively to these stories.   Phonics teaching begins with the children developing their listening skills and joining in with lots of rhymes, clapping and singing games.  These important activities help the children begin to recognise and discriminate between sounds. 

In Reception, phonics teaching continues using the Read Write Inc programme to introduce and practise new sounds.  The children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they learn and practise different sounds based on their needs.  The reading of key words is also taught and practised daily.  The teaching of phonics continues into Key Stage 1 using the Read Write Inc. programme.  Phonics sessions continue to be taught daily focussing on both reading and writing skills.  The children also have other opportunities during the school day to practise and develop their phonic knowledge and skills.

The Read Write Inc. programme teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes (ways of writing the sound e.g. or aw au). The children experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases Ruth Miskin 2020.

Read Write Inc. information for Parents and Carers (including how to say sounds and how to help at home with phonics):

Parent and Carer Guide to Read Write Inc

Our reading scheme for Early Years and Key Stage 1 is the Read Write Inc Book Bag scheme.  The children take home a phonically decodable book that is matched to the sounds that they are learning in school.  These books help the children to practise their phonics skills and build their reading confidence, fluency and stamina.  When the children have completed the Read Write Inc programme, they move to our book band based reading scheme with books from the Bug Club and Big Cat schemes.


Storytime at Hassell Primary

At Hassell Primary School we all enjoy daily storytime from Nursery to Year 6! We have created our own Reading for Pleasure booklist based on the Pie Corbett Reading Spine for each year group's storytime.  We have included a wide range of stories from classics to new stories by a wide range of diverse authors. The daily storytime enables the children to enjoy fantastic authors, characters and storylines that reflect the diverse society that we live in.