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'Strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high'

Courage – I rise to a challenge and I am brave.

Friendship – I encourage others and build them up.

Trust – I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.

Respect – I treat others how I would like to be treated.


At Dunbury, we believe that our most important job is to teach children to read. Our intent is, not only to ensure children are fluent and functional readers by the time they enter Key Stage 2, but also that we nurture a love of reading. Through our extensive reading curriculum, we intend for our children to develop the comprehension and fluency skills to be successful life-long readers, therefore gaining the necessary skills to progress in all other areas of the curriculum. We make it enjoyable by ensuring children have access to newly released books and classics, including graphic novels, magazines and picture books to read in school and at home. We want to create foundations for our children to build positive reader identities, as it is known that there is a large gap in achievement at secondary school between students who read books for pleasure and those who do not (OECD, 2010). We encourage children and parents to read together to understand, support and build our school’s reading ethos. 


Reading in EYFS and Year 1

Read Write Inc. Phonics
At Dunbury, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences


It is important that when supporting your child with phonics, you use pure sounds (e.g. 'mmmm', not 'muh' and 'llll' not 'luh'). This may be different to when you learnt to read sounds. Watch the video below to help with this. Children only learn how to say letter names when they have mastered the simple sounds.

Introduction to Read Write Inc. for parents

How to say the sounds

Children will learn the simple speed sounds first, then move onto the alternative sounds shown below on the Complex Speeds Sounds poster.

Children will be placed into small groups depending on their sound reading attainment. This group is likely to comprise of a mix of children from across EYFS and KS1. The grid below shows what will be sent home at each stage. To see a more detailed grid which explains what teachers are looking for during reading and phonics sessions, please click on the image. 

Reading in Year 2


Reading in Year 3 - 6 (Key Stage 2)