Phonics at Woodstock

One aspect of a child’s early steps into reading is the developing of an understanding of the sounds written letters make when reading words. This is taught through phonics as it helps children hear, identify and use different sounds to distinguish one word from another. At Woodstock, we follow the systematic synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc. Phonics.

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This starts in EYFS where children are taught the correspondence between sounds and written letters and this continues into Key Stage One until the programme is complete.

Children will be introduced to ‘Ditty books’ when they successfully begin to read single words.

Children use sound-blending (Fred Talk) to read short ditties. They will bring these home once they have read and discussed the book in class. Within all the books children will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable. Dots and dashes represent the sound each letter makes.


Once your child has been introduced and taught these words in school we will send them home for you to continue practising with your child.

During the RWI session children will read the book three times and at each new reading they will have plenty of opportunities to practise using their developing comprehension skills.

Please see the links below to support your child with early reading:

What is phonics and how can I help?

Sound articulation:

Parent Pure Sounds Guide

Oxford Owl – Free e-book library

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