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Reading and Writing

At Warden Park Primary we teach reading in a variety of ways.  We have a 'Communication' curriculum that is rich in quality texts and immerses our children in a wide range of literacy experiences to generate a love of reading and writing.  Speaking and listening is vital and our children are given extended opportunities to talk and role-play before expressing their ideas through writing.


Research has shown that children learn the connection between phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (the written letter) best through a systematic approach.  At Warden Park Primary we use key principles and resources from the Read, Write, Inc synthetic phonics programme throughout our school.  The information below gives an overview of how this programme works, and there is also a link to general information about phonics.  In our Reception classes we also learn the Jolly Phonics songs to support the children in learning the 44 sounds they need to read and write with confidence.

Read Write Inc. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics is highly successful literacy programme 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 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 and for our children in Years 3 and 4 who need to catch up.


Click here for a parent/carers guide to RWI. 


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:http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/