Reading & Phonics

How we approach the teaching of phonics at Cambois Primary

We use Read Write Inc. Phonics, which provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It aims to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
The children are all grouped by ability, we believe that 'stage, not age' is vital. They are re-assessed every 6-8 weeks. Our aim is to make every child a reader by the age of 7.

Understanding Phonics

This video explains:

  • What the National Curriculum says about learning to read
  • Why learning to read and spell in English is more difficult than in other languages
  • How phonics can help
There are free video tutorials on the Ruth Miskin website –
Who are also on Facebook –


When children have completed the RWI phonics programme they have daily guided reading session and are set by ability. 

All children have additional opportunities to read daily.

We strongly encourage children to read at home and for parents to listen to their child. Parents are asked to complete the home-school reading diary. 

Why read to your children?

Free e-books for home reading:


Useful links: 

Learn how to pronounce Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds sounds. 

Learning to blend four- sound words: