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Reading & Phonics


Early reading skills are taught through our phonics programme Read Write Inc. where children have a daily session matched to their current knowledge. We have chosen Read Write Inc. because it teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Link to Read Write Inc Guide for Parents

Language and literacy

We will develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for children, understanding the language will provide access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Spoken language

Children will be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They will learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They will be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.


Children are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and will be encouraged to read for pleasure. We will start this by learning to decode text through our daily phonics teaching. This is started in reception and carrier on until daily until Year 2.

All year groups, including EYFS, will also participate in daily ‘Book Talk’ sessions. These sessions involve a whole class reading lesson where children read a class text aloud each day. These books are high quality stories that develop children’s imaginations and they will enjoy.

These lessons encourage children to read the text with a focus on one of the ‘FANTASTICs’. Through this approach, children will learn to think about the vocabulary used, the structure of texts and the choices the author has made through the writing process.

At Liden Academy we will do everything to promote wider reading. We are currently re-developing our library to encourage children to explore different texts and we are always encouraging children to read more at home by creating the ‘100 Club’.