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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

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The Government has strongly recommended the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.


At St Michael and St Martin School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or RWI trained assistant teacher.


Our Read Write Inc 'Reading Leader' is Miss Ponter (Assistant Head and English/Phonics Lead)


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check:


In June 2023, all Year 1 pupils will undertake this statutory phonics assessment to assess their phonics ability with a focus on their decoding skills (using phonics to help them blend to read whole words). 


For further information about RWI and ways to support your child with their learning at home, follow the links below. 


Reception/KS1 Phonics Workshop 2023

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Information- June 2023