R / W / P

Reading, Writing, Phonics


We use the phonics programme Read, Write Inc across our Academy. This video explains how the approach works, how we teach phonics and how you can support this vital learning at home. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understanding-read-write-inc-phonics/

It is very important that children’s first experiences of sounds are ‘pure’ (e.g. the letter M says mmmm not muh). This helpful video gives you examples of how to make all the pure sounds. We ask that you don’t teach your child any letter names, until they are confident with their sounds. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/

You can also find a wider selection of videos here http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ which may help you support your child with reading at home.

Some parents/carers have found it helpful to purchase their own set of sound cards so that you have similar resources at home to school. If you want to do this, we ask that you only purchase RWI materials so that children are only shown these images and letters. You can buy the first set for approximately £5 here

Phonics Screening

All children nationally are assessed in phonics at the end of Year One (usually in June). This assessment is undertaken by their teacher or another senior adult at school and asks children to sound out and read a number of real words as well as ‘alien words’.

There are lots of games you can play to help your child become more confident at sounding and blending real and pseudo words. The phonics play and ICT games websites have lots of free, interactive games as well as some paid-for options


We use the Talk for Writing approach at Burfield. We believe that children need to be able to say their sentences out loud before they will be able to write them. You can see some examples of Talk for Writing here and here.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar have become an increasingly important part of the National Curriculum. All children at Burfield learn Spelling as part of their Read, Write Inc phonics sessions. In addition, children in Year One and above have a weekly spelling test. This is based on common, high frequency words which they will use often as well as the words they are learning to spell in phonics.

Grammar and Punctuation are taught every day in our English lessons. You can find more information on the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar requirements of the National Curriculum here.