Early Reading: Phonics

At Byron we teach phonics through a DfE-validated systematic synthetic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. (RWI)


This is a wholeschool approach to teaching early reading and writing, designed to ensure progress for every child.


Read Write Inc. teachers learn how to inject their lessons with energy and enjoyment, from teaching the first sounds to developing fluency and comprehension and engaging children in the best stories that reflect all children’s lives.


Children learn to read sounds and blend them into words. They apply this phonic knowledge to read and comprehend Storybooks that are carefully matched to the sounds they know. Children learn to read these books with a storyteller’s voice.


The aim of Read Write Inc. is for children to learn to read early. They also learn how to form letters using mnemonics to help them. They learn to spell correctly using their Fred fingers. And they learn to compose their own writing - drawing upon ideas from the story they’ve just read.


Everything knits together: The phonics supports the reading and writing; The reading supports the writing, the writing supports the reading.


Click HERE to access a booklet about supporting reading at home.

Booklet 2, aimed at supporting reading at home can be accessed HERE

Click HERE for some questions you can ask when supporting your child to read at home. 


Please click here for a parent guide and resources to support your child in their RWI journey

Please click here to access the Oxford Owl free ebook library


Our aim is that when children leave Byron at the end of Year 6 they:

  • Have a love of reading and have developed the habit of reading widely and often for pleasure.
  • Understand the importance of reading as a life skill which enables them to learn new things across the entire curriculum and in the wider world.
  • Be fluent readers who are able to discuss a text with confidence and understanding.
  • Have experienced and read, a wide range of genres by different authors and be able to compare their work and justify their personal preferences.

Our Reading Curriculum 

Reading Newsletter

Reading Overview

Reading Curriculum

Reading Spine


Take an Accelerated Reader Quiz


Our aim is that when children leave Byron at the end of Year 6 they:

  • Enjoy writing and understand that it is essential to thinking and learning.
  • Have internalised the different stages of the writing process (planning, drafting, editing and proof reading their work)
  • Write with a reader's eye, constantly re-reading work and improving to check that it makes sense and that the message is effectively conveyed
  • Know how different sorts of texts are structured, so that, over time, they can create their own structures appropriate to audience and purpose
  • Have a good understanding of grammar, varying and controlling sentence structure with ease, in order to create different language effects
  • Write at length while maintaining a sense of audience, purpose and organsiation.
  • Spell accurately and identify reasons for mis-spellings.


Our Writing Curriculum

Writing in the EYFS

Vocabulary Progression


Progression Guidance: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6