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At Pepper Hill School we teach phonics using the Read Write Inc. programme created by Ruth Miskin which is in line with the New National Curriculum.


Children are assessed each half term and then grouped according to their phonic knowledge in small homogenous groups to ensure the quality teaching of phonics.


As children move through the stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from our Read Write Inc. scheme and these are supported by a variety of Book Banded reading schemes which is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level. 

All children are encouraged to select their own level of reading books (colour code for ease) from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.  

Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading.


In Year 2 we have introduced Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language.  Complete texts are introduced using a unique 3 layered approach so every child gets a deep understanding of what they are reading.  Teacher-led activities show children how to plan, draft, rehearse and edit texts preparing them to write ambitiously.  Grammar is taught in context in readiness for for the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test. Children learn how to debate and present to really develop their spoken language