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Brierley Forest

Primary and Nursery School


Phonics Intent 


“Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and we will change everything. And I mean everything.” 

Jean Winterson 


At Brierley Forest, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. As a school, we teach synthetic phonics as the initial, and most important, approach to the teaching of reading.  


Our pupils learn to read and write effectively using the Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics programme, which is a systematic programme for the teaching of phonics, reading, spelling and writing.  Through daily, systematic, and consistent high quality phonics teaching, children learn to read letter sounds, blend sounds to read words and segment words to support their spelling ability. They are then able to apply these skills across the curriculum.  


Using Read Write Inc. the children learn to read accurately and confidently so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. Children apply what they have learnt by reading stories closely matched to their phonic knowledge and re-read them to increase their fluency.  We passionately believe that teaching children to read and write independently is one of the core purposes of a primary school enabling them to access a broad and exciting curriculum and ensuring they flourish as learners throughout their time at our school. These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.  


We want all pupils to begin their journey to read with confidence, develop a love of reading and apply their skills competently to writing. Reading does not stop at the end of the RWI session, a love of literature will be at the heart of all learning. Books open up a whole host of learning opportunities and are the basis of wider curriculum opportunities.




What is Read Write Inc Phonics?

Understanding Phonics

Sound pronunciation

Why read to your child?

Links to websites for support: 


Ruth Muskin parents page


RWI facebook page


Read Write Inc. Guide for Parents




RWI Glossary: 





Fred is a frog puppet we use in sessions. He can only speak in sounds. 

Fred talk 

Sounding out a word, saying each of the sounds before blending

Fred fingers

‘Pinching’ each sound from a word on your fingers to help spell a word

Green words

Decodable words

Red words

Irregular words that cannot be sounded out

Story Green words

Decodable words that will be included in the storybook 

Speedy green words

Decodable words in the storybook that children should be able to read at speed rather than fred talking first. 

Fred in your Head

Still sounding out a word but doing so in your head rather than out loud, helps build fluency. 

Special friends

Two or three letters working together to make one sound e.g. sh, ch, igh, air, a-e, i-e. 

The Phonics Screening Check

In the summer term children in Year 1 and those children who haven't passed previously will participate in a phonics screening check, this usually takes place in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill. Watch the video to find out a little more about it.