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Early Reading and Phonics

At Seahouses our ultimate goal of reading is comprehension.  Our aims are that all children; read independently, develop understanding of what they have read and are enthused and motivated to read.  Teachers read aloud to the class regularly where the love of reading is shared and enjoyed.


Reading is taught in English lessons as well as group guided reading sessions which take place twice a week. These sessions provide children with access to a range of high quality texts. Teachers work with each group weekly on texts suitable for the reading skills of the children. 


 Home/School reading diaries are used within school; these books help us assess children’s progression of reading and comprehension skills.


Phonics is at the heart of teaching children to become independent readers.  At Seahouses we follow the ‘Read Write Inc.’ programme. Children are explicitly taught the sounds related to each letter or combination of letters and learn how to apply this knowledge when reading.  Both the reading and spelling of tricky or exception words are also taught so that children are encouraged to recognise these words on sight. 

Information for Parents: What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

Watch this video to find out why children love learning to read, write and spell using Read Write Inc. Phonics.

Information for Parents: How to say the sounds

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? Worry not - 5-year-old Sylvie is here to show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home.

Information for Parents: Sound-blending

'Sound-blending' describes how children learn to join sounds together to make words with Read Write Inc. Phonics. This video tutorial will help you support your child to practise sound-blending at home. Use this tutorial with the Phonics Flashcards, found in Parent Pack 1 (My Reading and Writing Kit) or available separately here:

Oxford Owl 


A free website to help you support your child with reading and foster a love of reading. 

It includes:

  • Over 100 FREE ebooks to enjoy with your child
  • A Phonics guide (including how to say the sounds correctly)
  • Ideas for motivating boys to read
  • Great ideas to keep children reading in the holidays
  • Reading games and activities.