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At Hertford Heath Primary School, we recognise reading and writing as key life skills, which underpins the children's access to the rest of the curriculum. We believe that all children should progress through the phonics phases with fluency and confidence and therefore place high importance on high quality teaching and resources. A strong phonics basis enables us to ensure our children flourish as readers and writers and therefore develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and culturally.


  • We teach phonics every day for 30 minutes using the RWI program.
  • Our children are always working towards the next steps in phonics, covering each phase until they have the skills to segment and blend sounds, so that they can read fluently and with comprehension.
  • RWI supports children and gives them practice in handwriting, spelling and punctuation
  • Phonics from EYFS is taught initially as a whole class. Later in the year if assessments show it is necessary the children may be taught in differentiated groups.
  • Children in KS1 are taught in differentiated groups.
  • As the children progress in to KS2, identified children are picked up and they receive targeted interventions. The transition from learning phonic sounds is then focussed on to applying this knowledge to their spelling patterns.
  • The assessment of pupils’ phonics progress is frequent (the first week of half term) and identifies progression and delay, so that targeted support can be put in place and given immediately.
  • Teachers and teaching assistants have developed sufficient expertise in the teaching of phonics which ensures consistency from year to year.
  • Teachers have clear understanding of how children learn to read and write from the EYFS
  • Children are provided with books for reading at home that are closely matched to the phonic phase they are working at.
  • Children have access to Oxford Owl online and can re-read and complete quizzes based on the RWI books they are reading.
  • All classes have a story at the end of the day, in KS1 the children vote for the story they would like to read.
  • KS1 classes have a reading bear that the children take home to read to.


  • All pupils, including the weakest readers and writers make good progress. Most make sufficient progress to meet or exceed age—related expectations.
  • Children choose to read books, they are familiar and enjoy listening and reading a wide range of books by a variety of authors: stories, rhymes, poems, non-fiction, and factual books.
  • Pupils become fluent with handwriting and confident with spelling, grammar, and sentence construction. They put their writing skills into everyday context: writing shopping list, text message etc, and use it to create their written work.

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