Dickens Heath Community Primary School

Enabling every child to be the best version of themselves

Phonics and reading at KS1

All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.

“You seemed so far away,” Miss Honey whispered, awestruck.

“Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings,” Matilda said. “It was wonderful.”

Matilda, Roald Dahl


Our key aims are to ensure that children are able to read fluently and with understanding, and that they develop a life long love of reading, being able to read for pleasure and for information.


The programmes of study for reading at Key Stage 1 and 2 consist of word reading and comprehension.


Read Write inc.

Read Write Inc. Phonics, Literacy & Language, Fresh Start and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.


The four Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Our school uses:

Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Nursery to Year 2.



Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.

For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to:


For information around delivery please see our content overview for RWI:

Here is a list of the mnemonics linked to set 123 sounds:

Here are some phonics games that you can play at home with your child: