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Our Curriculum

Early Reading

Whitkirk Primary School (17)

Reading Leader – Miss Lynch  

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum!

At Whitkirk, we place a great emphasis on children building their fluency of reading so that they are able to access and understand the challenging texts which form our reading curriculum. We use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a DfE-validated systematic synthetic programme with a whole-school approach to teach early reading and writing. It integrates phonics, comprehension, writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and handwriting.

Children learn to read sounds and blend them into words. They apply this phonic knowledge to read and comprehend storybooks that are carefully matched to the sounds they know.


Progress Groups

Children are grouped according to their ability across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that teaching is suited to their level. Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 takes place on a daily basis and in Key Stage 2 where applicable.

Children work in these progress groups for 40 minutes each day; meaning they are learning at their appropriate 'challenge level' for over 3 hours a week. Reception build up to this throughout the year.

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The aim of Read Write Inc Phonics is for children to learn to read early. However, even with the best teaching and the best programme, there are some children who need extra practice to keep up. We accelerate the progress of these children with 10 minutes one-to-one tutoring every day. However long it takes, we don't give up!

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Useful documents and information

Early Reading Focus: How to say the sounds

We teach our children the pure sounds every letter and group of letters make in the English language as soon as they enter school. By teaching these sounds in a systematic and comprehensive way enable our children to recognise sounds, read words and become fluent and confident readers. Below is a video that explains the importance of teaching 'pure sounds'. Please watch the video below.

Handwriting Phrases



Fred talk games(pdf)

Created March 2022

Fred talk games

Listening to your child read at home(pdf)

Created March 2022

Listening to your child read at home

Parents' Meeting - Introduction to RWI(pdf)

Created March 2022

Parents' Meeting - Introduction to RWI

Reading within the EYFS at Whitkirk(pdf)

Created March 2022

Reading within the EYFS at Whitkirk


Whitkirk Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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