Reading in EYFS & KS1

‘The most important starting point is to read to children. Reading to children is the best way of encouraging them to love books and reading.’
‘I don’t think there’s a big secret about what to do; we need to show children how much we love stories. Read great stories, poems and non-fiction every day, all through school. What we love today they might read tomorrow.’
Ruth Miskin (creator of Read Write Inc)

Research shows that children who learn to read quickly go on to succeed in school and in life. At Illogan school we are committed to providing every child with the best start on their reading journey.  In line with the National Curriculum, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme , which is an inclusive, rigorous and dynamic programme designed to help children decode words and become  curious, fluent communicators.




We aim to:

  • teach children to work out unfamiliar words quickly – including new vocabulary and names.
  • ensure that children can read familiar words speedily – that is, words they have been taught.
  • enable children to read texts – including the words they have been taught – fluently
  • support children to complete the RWI Phonics programme quickly so they can start reading books for themselves.
  • inspire children to read for pleasure
  • create curious, passionate readers
  • ensure that all children leave Illogan School as fluent readers

How you can help your child at home:

Parental engagement and support with reading at home enables children to make accelerated progress in school. However, we also know that how children learn to read and say sounds now is likely to be different to how you learnt when you were at school. Here is a useful video that will help you to support your child’s early reading at home. The video goes through the sounds that children learn and how to pronounce them. Importantly, it shows you how to pronounce the sounds without putting an ‘uh’ at the end.

How do we teach reading in EYFS and KS1?

At Illogan School we use Read Write Inc. to teach pupils in EYFS and KS1 the essential skills of phonics, reading and writing. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read by developing their phonic awareness- the ability to hear, identify and manipulate different sounds used in the English language.

Children are given school books to read at home and there is an expectation that all pupils in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 read at home daily. Reading books are carefully selected so that children take home blending books or reading books containing only the sounds that have been taught in school. This gives the children the opportunity to embed the sounds that they have learnt and to read with fluency.  We ask that the parents continue to read stories to their children to develop a love of storytelling and expose children to vocabulary above their reading level.

Our Phonics lead is Mrs C Dagg

Website links:

How RWI is in line with the National Curriculum


Please see Phonics Policy below.

Phonics Policy September 2023