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How do we teach children to Read and Write?

Read Write Inc


Reading books 

Letter formation

Dough Disco

FS1 and FS2 have a daily ‘dough disco’ using playdough and children learn a range of actions (doughnut, sausage, nip and tuck, splat, pizza, diver, roll, squeeze, piano and ‘free style’) to build up muscles in their hands ready for writing and fine motor skills. This a fun time at the start of each day and many of the older children will happily show you the actions if you have some play dough at home!

Weekly Spellings

FS2 and Year 1 children usually start to have spellings in the Spring term and parents/carers receive a 'Spelling Pack' of information, progression and expectations for spellings in FS and Key Stage 1. Children have a  spelling book which their new spellings are stuck into each week. We have a weekly spelling test on Friday afternoon and then new spellings are added into the book and sent home ready for the cycle to repeat. 

Story Time 

Musical Gems

FS2 children  take part in a ‘Musical Gems’ session each week with Mr Williamson and Mrs Knight on a Tuesday afternoon. Children are introduced to simple songs appropriate for their age and ability and by process of imitation they begin to sing and improve their sense of the music around them. It is delivered using rhymes, song, movement, games and instrumental work.

Phoneme Cards & Key Words

All children have a named individual set of ‘Gruffalo’ themed phoneme cards (speed sounds 1, 2, 3 and  key words) based on the sounds that your child already knows and the next ones that they need to learn. Please keep these in your child’s book bag so that they are always handy for checking and updating in school.


We are continuing to borrow books from our class library and will continue to operate a one book in and one book out system as before, this should enable all children to change their library books more than once a week if they wish to.