Phonics in Key Stage 1

Phonics is the knowledge of letters and sounds they make. At Christ Church Infant School and Nursery phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc programme. Phonics is taught in ability groups across the school. The pupils receive 35 minutes of focused phonics teaching Monday-Thursday inclusive. The Read Write Inc Phonics programme supports children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension.


Reading in Key Stage 1

As stated above, Christ Church Infant School and Nursery uses Read Write Inc as its primary scheme for the teaching of reading. A wide range of additional resources are also used to provide stimulating and appropriate reading material for all children. We strive to use a wide and varied range of book genres to excite, engage and inspire our children to have a lifelong love of reading.


All classes enjoy story time sessions at least twice a week. We believe story time is an important aspect of the curriculum to allow children to experience and interact with high quality texts. These sessions help to provide exposure to rich vocabulary and enable adults to model fluent and expressive reading.


Once the children have completed the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, they progress into a reading skills session focussing on the development of key skills.


During these sessions the children will use and apply their knowledge of the reading dogs:

  • Vocabulary Victor- Victor looks at the words the authors choose in the book.

  • Rex Retriever- Rex will help retrieve facts from a text.

  • Predicting Pip- Pip tries to look into the future to see what might happen next.

  • Sequencing Suki- Suki likes everything in order, she helps to sequence a story.

  • Inference Iggy- Iggy hunts for clues in a text to tell you how someone might be feeling or why something happens.


In addition, staff use high quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to support their daily English sessions. This allows children to explore key texts in depth, reflecting on what they have read and the language and punctuation choices made by the author.

Reading Policy