Phonics and Reading


We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” School.

We have recently introduced the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check but this will mean we are able to ensure our children do even better and that by Year 2 the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Our staff have received Ruth Miskin Training and as a school we are working towards raising standards in reading and writing for our children.  Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children will have daily Read, Write, Inc. sessions and we will support our most vulnerable readers with extra one–to–one teaching every day.  Children with gaps in their phonic knowledge, reading, writing or fluency in Key Stage 2 will also be supported through high quality Read, Write, Inc. teaching and intervention.

To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin Training website click on the logo.Top Tips for Parents:

Read, Write Inc for Parents

Useful Videos:

Understanding Phonics

Sound Pronunciation

Sound Blending

Reading at Home

Phonics Screening Check

For more videos please click here




At Goldthorpe Primary School we use the Oxford Reading tree scheme to support our children in developing their reading skills. The books are banded according to their level of difficulty, providing children with a challenging reading experience which also allows them to use their developing phonic and whole word knowledge to read independently.

The Oxford Reading tree scheme comprises of a mixture of Fiction, Non-fiction and Traditional tales, which allows children to experience a variety of texts.  Oxford Reading Tree books include series such as Floppy’s Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, inFact, and Story Sparks.

The fiction texts are set in a mixture of familiar and fantasy settings and many of the characters appear across the different levels of the books so the children become familiar with them.

Non-fiction texts are relevant to other areas of the curriculum and allow the children to ask questions and find the answers to them.

We do have access to a selection of books from other reading schemes to ensure we can meet the individual needs of every child so there may be instances where books from Project X or Read, Write, Inc. are used instead.  We also use the Accelerated Reader programme across school which you can read more about on our Accelerated Reader page here.


We will soon be using the Read, Write, Inc. reading scheme!  Watch this space!  Our staff will soon have their second day of Ruth Miskin training which will support them in the teaching of Reading through Read, Write, Inc.  This will take place in early September ready for the start of the new term.  We can’t wait!

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