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Phonics/Early Reading

How we teach Reading at Waverley Academy


At Waverley Academy we recognise that enjoying books and reading stories from an early age is crucial, helping children to be happy and successful learners.

We use Read Write Inc as our Phonics scheme for children from Nursery to Year 2.

In Nursery, the Phonics sessions place a huge emphasis on developing children’s love of reading through exciting and enticing story sessions. They will also be taught:

  • General sound discrimination
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice Sounds
  • Oral Blending and Segmenting

During the final term in Nursery, children are taught to say the sounds of letters with the help of mnemonics, to blend the sounds into words and read simple ‘blending books’. This gives them a flying start before moving into the Reception class.

From Reception to Year 2, children are taught in small groups. All children access a daily Phonics session and some also receive extra 1:1 tutoring. Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Regular assessments are undertaken to monitor progress and to ensure children are being taught within the appropriate group. These assessments also help to prepare children for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

 Please find below our Early Reading academy policy;

Early Reading/ RWI Policy 2022

For more information on Read Write Inc. Phonics, please visit:


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