We aim that all pupils will:

  • Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
  • Read common exception words on sight
  • Understand what they read
  • Read aloud with fluency and expression

How are children in EYFS and KS1 taught to read at Illogan?

At Illogan School we use Read Write Inc. to teach pupils in EYFS and KS1 the essential skills of phonics, reading and writing. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read by developing their phonic awareness- the ability to hear, identify and manipulate different sounds used in the English language.

The children learn to read by saying the sounds that the letters make. For example, we say mmmm instead of the letter name ‘M’ (em). Sounds are taught or revisited at a rate of one a day with lessons containing ample time to practice, consolidate and apply what they have learned. The teaching of reading in EYFS and KS1 is cumulative and, as children progress through the RWI programme, knowledge is quickly built upon with more complex sounds and alternative spellings being introduced and reinforced.

Pupils are taught to blend learned sounds together to read words, first, for accuracy. When children are confident reading words, we focus on reading fluency and speed. Pupils are also taught to read tricky words- common words with an unfamiliar grapheme such as: the, said, once and where; these are taught as ‘Red Words’ and are displayed in red at the early stages. Pupils practice reading daily using the RWI storybooks. These books are incremental and closely matched to children’s reading ability, enabling them to gain confidence and make progress.

How can I help my child at home?

We understand that parental engagement and support with reading at home enables children to make accelerated progress in school. However, we also know that how children learn to read and say sounds now is likely to be different to how you learnt when you were at school. Here is a useful video that will help you to support your child’s early reading at home. The video goes through the sounds that children learn and how to pronounce them. Importantly, it shows you how to pronounce the sounds without putting an ‘uh’ at the end.

All children in EYFS and KS1 are given school books to read at home and there is an expectation that all pupils in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 read at home daily. Reading books are carefully selected so that children take home blending books or reading books containing only the sounds that have been taught in school. This gives the children the opportunity to embed the sounds that they have learnt and to read with fluency. We ask that the children read their home reading book twice before selecting a new one. We also ask that the parents continue to read stories to their children to develop a love of storytelling and expose children to vocabulary above their reading level.

We are always happy to help support reading with your child at home. If you would like any more information about supporting your child to read, please come in and chat to your teacher or Miss Jose who will be more than happy to help.

Additionally, here are some fun phonics games that children can play at home to continue to practice reading.



Our Phonics lead is Miss S Jose.