Woodlea Primary School

Phonics and Reading



Our Phonics Scheme is Read Write Inc.  RWI phonics is a DfE validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) teaching programme used in more than 5,000 schools across the UK. It is a whole-school approach to phonics that provides comprehension, handwriting, spelling and composition to get your children reading, writing and speaking fluently.

Our Reading Schemes is also Read Write Inc. and works alongside the phonics scheme.

RWI Phonics

The new RWI reading books have their own colour coded banded system and they go in the following order:


Red Ditty Books 1-12
Red Ditty Books 13-42
Free Reader

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read using their sounds. They are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make and blend these sounds together to make a word. The children are then able to use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ unfamiliar words. This is the first important step in learning to read. 

At Woodlea Primary School children from Reception to Year 2 have a discrete phonics session daily. This may continue into KS2 if children still require phonics teaching.

Children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to their reading and their writing.

Phonics works best when children are given plenty of encouragement and learn to enjoy reading and books. Parents play a very important part in helping with this. Phonicsplay www.phonicsplay.co.uk has free access to a number of games that can be used at home to reinforce what your child has learnt in school. If you would like to know what Phonics set your child is working at please do not hesitate to ask your class teacher.

Parent information booklet 1

Parent information booklet 2

RWI phonics presentation

Click on the link below and use the QR codes to help with words using the different phonic sounds.

Phonics QR codes