Reading & Phonics

“There’s no friend as loyal as a book…” Ernest Hemingway​

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. At Sir Martin Frobisher Academy, we truly believe that reading provides a ticket to access an enriching curriculum and a bright and successful future.​

Within the Reading National Curriculum there are two main foci; ‘decoding’ words and being able to comprehend and understand what is being read.​


From Early Years to Year 2 we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ programme of synthetic phonics to teach children to read and spell.   This programme is for children who are learning to read and write. Any pupils in Year 3 and 4 who needs to catch up may also access RWI to help them make rapid progress in reading.

Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell. The scheme includes both a reading and a writing focus. Pupils work within ability groups which are reviewed regularly to ensure children are making rapid progress with their reading. These groups are usually smaller than a normal class size to enable us to target and support children to achieve their best and learn to read as quickly as possible.

A reading information session will be held each year, in September, for parents and careers. We will explain how staff will teach children to read at Sir Martin Frobisher Academy and provide an information pack to help parents understand how to support their child at home.

You can find out more about Read, Write, Inc. on the website below where there are videos to help parents support children learning to read at home and explain how to pronounce the sounds the children are learning in their RWI lessons.

RWI Parent Information and Support

He or she will learn to:

  1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’
  2. Blend these sounds into words
  3. Read the words in a story

The sounds which provide the children with the tools to read are split into three groups:

  1. Set 1 sounds are sounds written with one letter.
  2. Set 2 sounds (ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy)
  3. Set 3 sounds ((ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure)

Your child will be taught to say the sound for the letter and not the letter name to begin with.  Some children will also benefit from our focussed and targeted interventions to further support the development of their early reading.


In Year 2 onwards, children are introduced to ‘Whole Class Reading’, which occurs each day for a full learning session. We follow the “Just Imagine-Take One Book” framework which teaches children the necessary skills using high quality texts.

However, we also endeavour to promote a love of reading across our school and curriculum. We do this by providing plenty of opportunities for children to engage with and reflect on a range of texts. This is done:

  • during assembly
  • within the classroom
  • through visits to our school library
  • by inviting published authors in to interact with our children
  • through our thematic curriculum
  • celebrating World Book Day

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