Phonics at Luston and Shobdon

Early Reading Leads: Shobdon - Georgina Morgan Luston - Penny Moore

English Lead: Maddy Picton

Instilling a love of reading is an essential aim of our reading curriculum, so children get regular opportunities to read for pleasure and to an audience. 

We teach daily phonics in EYFS and KS1 using Read, Write, Inc resources. This enables children to identify and use sounds to help them decode words in isolation and in sentences.

Children’s reading progresses from decoding, to fluency, to comprehension, through one to one reading, whole class guided reading and modelled/shared reading.

Our goal is for all children to progress from reading scheme books to being able to select their own books from a rich and varied range that suits their ability and instil a life-long love of reading.

At Luston Primary and Shobdon Primary we have daily phonics sessions in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We use Read, Write, Inc as the core programme for delivering phonics teaching. We use a variety of multi-sensory approaches to make this a very interactive experience.

Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a method of learning which teaches letter sounds and synthetic phonics and has proved to get children off to a flying start with their literacy learning.  

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 they 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 that sounds are represented by written letters.  
  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. 
  • Learn how to blend sounds and read words using Fred Talk.
  • Learn that some words with ‘tricky letters’ can’t be read using Fred Talk – these are known as red words – remember you can’t Fred a red!
  • Red words.pdf
  • Read fun and lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out. They then show they comprehend the stories by answering questions and discussing the text.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds. 
  • Learn to spell words by saying the sounds using Fred Talk.  
  • Write simple sentences.

Useful Downloads

Reading Progression Phonics Glossary YR RWI Parent Workshop

Parents Guide to Learning to Read

Give Your Child a Helping Hand     RWI Speed Sound Sheets 

Oxford Owl Phonics Videos

The Oxford Owl website offers a variety of informative videos for parents.  

What is Phonics?

Information video for parents and carers

Pure Sounds

How to pronounce

pure sounds


How to blend sounds

to read words

Phonics Help

10 top tips 

Julia Donaldson

Top reading tips

Support at home

Phonics learning

Read Write Inc Speed Sounds Word Time Games

Revise your Speed Sounds with these interactive flashcards from Oxford Owl







Set 1 Speed Sounds 

Interactive Game

Set 2 Speed Sounds 

Interactive Game

Set 3 Speed Sounds

Interactive Game

Local Library Links

Why not take a visit to Leominster Library? Children are welcome to join the library from birth and enjoy the great choice of board and picture books. There are plenty of spaces to explore, free activities to enjoy and stories to share. Regularly sharing books, stories and rhymes can have a big impact on their development and helps to build a baby's early language skills whilst encouraging a lifelong love of reading. 

Find out more about to apply for your

child's first library card.

Access the charity Bookstart to find out more about reading with your child. 

Online Phonics Games

Oxford Owl

A wonderful e-library of virtual books to share

Phonics Play

Free to play phonics activities

Phonics Hero

Lots of exciting games to play and learn

Phonics Bloom

Simple phonics games to play at home

ICT Games

Phonics games for the ipad


Alpha Blocks

Enjoy Alpha Blocks with CBeebies


Phonics Games to Play at Home