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Phonics and Reading

At Our Lady of Lourdes Phonics is taught daily using the Read Write Inc Phonics programme.


What is Read Write Inc Phonics 

The film below will help you understand how Read Write Inc Phonics helps your child learn to read quickly and easily. The National Curriculum ensures that all children are taught phonics systematically which is just what Read Write Inc does. Click on the link to find out more. 

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics - YouTube


Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way-starting with the easiest sounds and progressing to the most complex-it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills that they need to tackle new words. Children can go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and read for enjoyment. (Department for Education)

Understanding Phonics 

Please click on the link below to find out:


  • What phonics is 
  • Why your child is learning to read with phonics 


Parent video: Understanding Phonics - YouTube

How to say the sounds 


It is important that children pronounce the sounds as pure sounds so that they find it easier later to put the sounds together to make a word. Click on the video below to find out more. 


Parent video: How to say the sounds - YouTube



Read Write Inc Parent Meetings


At the start of each year, you will be invited to attend the 'Parent Introduction to Read Write Inc Phonics'.


We will also hold the following meetings:


Parent Meeting - Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 

Parent Meeting - Listening to your child read 

Parent Meeting - Reading stories to your child

Parent Meeting - Set 1 Sounds

Parent Meeting - Set 2 and 3 Sounds 


If you are unable to attend, recordings of the presentations will be uploaded to this page.  

Parent Meeting Handouts 

Phonics Screening Check

Children complete a word reading check at the end of Year 1 so that parents can be confident that their children are being taught to read successfully. Accurate word reading at six, is a good predictor of future reading success. Click on the link below to find out more about the Phonics Screening Check.


Parent video: The Phonics Screening Check - YouTube

If you want to see an example of a previous years test then click on the 2018 example below. 

Useful documents and websites 

Read Write Inc. are also on Facebook –


Free e-books for home reading -