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Phonics & Reading

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo – French poet, novelist and dramatist.


Phonics & Reading Lead:

Miss Gannon

Phonics & Reading: Intent

At St Michael’s we believe that every child matter’s and that every child should be given the opportunity to be taught the skills to first ‘learn to read’ and then ‘read to learn.’ Here at St Michael’s we are enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated in ensuring that all children become confident, motivated and enthusiastic readers.

We aim to develop and enhance children’s confidence in their reading, so they can acquire the skills to decode words to be able to read fluently with understanding of what they have read. We consider phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. At St. Michael’s we follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Programme.

We believe this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching taught through Read Write Inc, combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture.

Phonics Team

Strategic LeadMiss Nuttall
English LeadMrs Gordon
Operational LeadMiss Gannon
Key Stage 1 LeadMiss Nuttall
Early Years LeadMiss O'Kane

Read Write Inc

Pure Sounds (Set 1, 2, 3)

Films for parents to help your child to learn to read at home with Read Write Inc Phonics are available on their website and YouTube Channel. They also add a parent film added to their Facebook page every day too.

Phonics Tutoring with Ruth Miskin

How to teach blending to children

Ruth Miskin provides outstanding literacy training in schools to teach every child to read and write, and to keep them reading. In this video she demonstrates how to teach children phonics through assisted word blending.

Phonics Home Learning for Nursery Children

Children are taught phase 1 of phonics first which concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and becoming familiar to environmental sounds around them. At home try some of these activities:

  • listening and comparing the sounds of different toys or musical instruments
  • making sounds a part of your storytelling
  • singing songs and rhymes
  • clapping along to words or songs
  • introducing rhyming words

Once they are confident with Phase 1 sounds they progress onto phase 2 (the teaching of initial sounds) when they are ready.

Set 1 RWInc Sounds (Phase 2/3)

m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk.

Phonics Home Learning for KS1 & those who need it in KS2

There are some Read Write inc lessons on YouTube and facebook for children to watch at home. There are three short speed sound lessons with their Read Write Inc trainer.

Set 1 RWInc Speed Sounds (Suitable for Nursery & Reception)

initial sounds – m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, ck, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk.

Set 2 RWInc Speed Sounds (Some Reception, Year 1 & 2)

ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy.

Set 3 RWInc Speed Sounds (Year 1 & 2)

(ea, oi, a_e, i_e, o_e, u_e, aw, are, ur, er, ow (brown cow), ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure, tion, tious/cious) (additional sounds – (kn, ue, ie, au, ph & wh).

There is a parent and carer hotline available for those helping children learning to read at home with ‘Read Write Inc’ Phonics. Please email Email RuthMiskin.com with any queries.

Useful Links: Phonics and Reading

Resources: Phonics and Reading

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A parent guide to Phase 1 Phonics

Ages 3-4


Information about Teaching Phonics at St Michaels

Year 1 & 2


Phase 1 – Odd One Out

Rhyming Cards


Phase 1 – Robot Computer Cards

Print Cards


Year 1 – Letter Formation Sheets

Initial Sound


Year 1 – Sounds and Words

Set 2


Year 1 – Sounds and Words

Set 3


Phase 1 – Bertha goes to the zoo



Phonics Policy

May 2021