Phonics

Reach Academy follows the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme, a fast-paced and rigorous phonics programme developed by Ruth Miskin.
All children in Reception and Year One are taught phonics for one hour a day, and are grouped carefully to ensure that every child is reading at a level appropriate for them.
The programme teaches children to read with accuracy and fluency, with every group following the same structure so that the children receive consistent teaching as they move upwards through the Read Write Inc. programme. Comprehension skills are carefully developed throughout the programme, so that children are well-equipped for the start of Year Two. Our reading curriculum fosters a love for books within all children, and is prioritised at every point throughout the day. 
In Reception, children begin the Read, Write Inc programme. During the Autumn term, Reception children learn phonics as a whole class and consolidate all of the initial Phase 1 sounds. At the end of the Autumn term, we assess all of the children individually and move them into stage not age groups. The children continue to move through the programme, until they have mastered all of the sounds and can read fluently at 90 words per minute. At this point, children begin Book Club: a whole class reading approach. While Book Club lessons are predominantly focused on comprehension, we ensure that children always use phonics to decode and encode words. Not only do teachers make frequent reference to speed sound charts within writing lessons and we use the Read Write Inc spelling programme to ensure consistency as children move through the school. 
As an important part of every child’s life at Reach Academy, teachers are committed to creating excitement and joy around reading and books. As such, story time is an important part of the day for every class in our school. We use this time to model reading fluency to children and to develop oral comprehension skills through book talk and discussion. Teachers share their favourite children’s books enthusiastically with their classes and show interest in what children are reading at home. We take care to communicate rigorously with parents about their child’s reading at home through reading records, and are transparent with parents on our expectations around the importance of daily reading. 
As a result of this phonics approach, over 90% of our cohort have passed the phonics screening test for the last 3 years.

For more information please contact Sophie Emms (Phonics Lead) on: sophie.emms@reachacademy.org.uk.