Early Reading at Clapgate

Early Reading – What it looks like at Clapgate

At Clapgate we are eager in-still a love of reading in children from a young age. This is why early reading is so important. 

Our early reading journey begins in Nursery where children share daily stories with staff and have access to a wide range of stories in their reading area in their classroom. Nursery children are able to take home story telling bags and story spoons to share with their adults at home. 

Once children enter Reception they begin their Read Write Inc journey. Children have daily phonics lessons in their classes until Spring term when they are streamed based on their assessments. Children in Reception continue to share stories everyday with the adults in their room. Reception children are asked to bring in their book bags so that their reading books can be changed once a week. They will take home a decodable phonics book and an enrichment book. 

During their time in EYFS children will have the opportunity to explore our amazing library and read a vast range of books. In EYFS we use Helicopter Stories to encourage the children to become story tellers and develop their language skills.  

Read Write Inc Phonics 

As a school we have implemented a phonics and reading program called Read, Write, Inc.

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we want to put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Foundation Stage and this continues into KS1. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.


What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn’t do?

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then ‘point and sweep’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the ‘pure’ sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by searching on YouTube for ‘Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide’. Your child will learn letter sounds in a certain order which are set out below.


We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here: http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/teacher-support/17/index.htm 

Here is a break down of the Read Write Inc Phonics sounds from Set 1- Set 3

Let’s help Year 1 pass their phonics!

Use these resources to learn all of the sounds in sets 1, 2 and 3.

Phonics games can help with reading and spelling.

Alien words are important for the year 1 phonics check (try playing Obb and Bob).

Phonics Home Learning Resource Pack

Set 1 home learning

Set 2 home learning

Set 3 home learning

Useful websites-