Phonics & Reading


At Isaac Newton Academy we use the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to get children off to a flying start. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. It is used in Reception and Year 1 children and for some Year 2 pupils who would benefit for some additional consolidation.

It is a complete programme taught for 45 minutes a day in Reception and Year 1. It has proven to develop:

  • fluent, enthusiastic readers
  • a deeper comprehension of texts
  • confident speakers
  • keen writers.

Throughout the programme, children are taught to:

  • learn to read and write letter-sound correspondences quickly
  • decode effortlessly, spell and handwrite easily
  • comprehend what they read
  • read with fluency and expression
  • write confidently using oral rehearsal
  • work effectively with a partner to articulate their learning at every step.


Read Write Inc has proven to produce excellent results for our end of year Y1 phonics tests:

2018 – 2019 – 97% of pupil pass the phonics screening check

2017 – 2018 – 97% of pupil pass the phonics screening check

2016 – 2017 – 97% of pupils pass the phonics screening check
2015 – 2016 – 93% of pupils pass the phonics screening check

Click here for some videos to help you understand our phonics programme.

If you have any questions about the programme, please speak with our RWI Lead, Ms Palray.

Core Book Approach

To complement the work in phonics and to help develop an early love and understanding of books, our daily English lessons centre round a thematic core book approach. Children explore specific texts in depth to build their understanding of story structure and help develop new vocabulary and ideas.

Guided Reading

Guided reading is used in conjunction with other approaches (such as shared reading, reading aloud, and independent reading), it enables teachers to provide very effective support for students’ literacy learning. There are daily sessions in all classes.

How does guided reading provide such support?

A teacher using a guided reading approach:

  • selects a text that is appropriate for a particular group of students
  • introduces the text by talking to the students about relevant experiences that they may have had,
  • guides a quality discussion of the text to enhance the pupils’ comprehension and reading skills.

To ensure progression, we use the Oxford Reading Tree series of texts. ORT books are used in all year groups (including Reception from the spring term), which allows all children to access books to take home at a level suitable for them. These books are introduced in the child’s Guided Reading session in school. It is then taken home to be read aloud to a member of their family and quietly to themselves. We encourage the family member to comment on the child’s home reading through the use of their reading journals.