Pupil Voice, Growth Mindset and Learning to Learn

Reading at Brimsdown Primary School

We aim for all children to be fluent, confident readers who have a love of reading.

  • We place reading and books at the heart of our curriculum
  • We recognise that being able to read well is a key life skill for all children, regardless of their background
  • We build time for children to read independently, read aloud and be read to during the course of each school day


Read, Write, Inc Phonics


The children:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • Learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • Read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • Work well with partners
  • Develop comprehension skills in stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ discussion questions


The children:

  • Learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • Learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • Learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write

The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets

 Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.

Here you will find support for pronunciation of sounds correctly.

Pronunciation Sounds 


Set 2 Sounds

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds – the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.

Set 2 Sounds


Resources you can use to support your child’s development at home 

Here you will find a selection of phonic resources that we have created based on the Early Letters and Sounds and the RWI programme by Ruth Miskin to support your child’s learning at home as they progress through the Read Write Inc programme.

The Read Write Inc. Phonics Sound Blending Books provide extra practice for those children who are beginning to blend confidently. The Sound Blending Books are simple, one-word-per-page books for individual or partner practice. Please click on the document attached below to access these electronically.

Sound Blending Books


Daily Supported Reading

The Daily Supported Reading programme (DSR) takes place within Year 1 three times a week.

During DSR, children are encouraged to:

  • read stories on their own right from the start
  • respond to and engage with new ideas and information (cultural capital)
  • problem solve independently while keeping a story or message in mind (global comprehension)

D.E.R.I.C (Whole class reading)

Each year group takes part in a whole-class reading session on a daily basis known as D.E.R.I.C (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret and Choice). We believe reading a book aloud creates a fantastic shared experience, giving our children access to texts that promote a love for reading. Children enjoy learning about new authors, adventures and worlds.


Reading at home

Parents can help children enjoy reading by making it part of their daily routine. Books are sent home weekly and match children’s reading attainment.

Recommended reading lists



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6