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Palace Wood

Primary School

From little acorns, mighty oaks grow

Phonics and Spelling

EYFS and KS1

At Palace Wood we know how important it is for teachers and parents to work together to give your child the best start. Reading together at home is one of the simplest and most important ways in which you can help your child. To support your child in becoming an effective and confident reader we hope to work with you on the first step which is to develop their knowledge of phonics and enable them to decode the different words they may come across. 

Download the Powerpoint Presentation at the bottom of the page for advice and vocabulary definitions for parents.

We follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme.

Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc. Phonics, Literacy & Language, Fresh Start and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.

The Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Our School Uses

  • Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Reception to Year 2 and from September 2015 for our children in Years 3 and 4 who need to catch up.
  • Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for selected children in Years 5 and 6 from September 2015.
  • Read Write Inc. Spelling for our children in Years 3 to 6.

Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child. For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning click here

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start raises attainment rapidly in reading and writing. The programme boosts children’s confidence by matching what they read with the sounds they know using specially created age-appropriate texts and anthologies. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start provides clear and cumulative writing activities to build vocabulary and punctuation. For more information click here

Read Write Inc. Spelling embeds impressive skills in just 15 minutes a day, quickly and effectively filling the gaps in children’s knowledge. To keep children engaged, aliens introduce spelling rules on an exciting online spelling planet and children complete quick-fire activities in their spelling logs. Progress is accurately recorded using practice tests and teachers learn how to move children on quickly.  For more information on Read Write Inc. Spelling click here

Children complete a national Phonics' Screen Check' in June of Year 1.

KS2 Spelling lists

The new National Curriculum (2014) word-lists for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging, but the 100 words in each list will be taught within the four years of key stage 2 alongside other words that teachers consider appropriate.

You can also download the spelling tests for Year 3-6.