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Wimborne St Giles

Church of England First School and Nursery

"We flourish not for our own sake, but so we can look outwards and give."


'Together We Grow: Together We Give' - Ezekiel 47 : 12

Early Reading and Phonics

“Children should swim in a pool of language” – Gervase Phinn


‘“Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and you will change everything. And I mean everything.”- Jeanette Winterson


This is at the heart of what we believe at Wimborne St Giles CE VA First School and Nursery.  We are committed to turning children into confident, fluent readers.


We teach Reading using the Read Write Inc programme and through the following principles:


PACE – no time is wasted during teaching sessions! Children are active and involved in a fun and creative way. The aim is for the children to complete the programme as quickly as possible.


PRAISE – teachers praise the children constantly throughout the teaching sessions. Children learn more quickly when they are praised for what they do well, rather than reminded about what they do wrong. The children are encouraged to praise each other and as a school we have developed several ‘Praise Phrases’ and ‘Praise actions’! Ask your child to demonstrate!


PURPOSE – each activity has a very clear purpose. The teacher will set this purpose at the beginning of the lesson so that the children know exactly what they will be learning.


PARTICIPATION – all children take part in all parts of the lesson. Full participation is gained through partner work and choral response.


PASSION – as a staff we are passionate about our teaching and the benefits of the Read, Write Inc. programme! We love teaching the sessions and this enthusiasm rubs off onto the children.


PERSEVERANCE – we do not give up until every child can read!


If you have a question about your child's reading you can make an appointment to speak to your child's class teacher or to Mrs Hill, the Reading Manager.  For more information about the Read Write Inc programme, click the links below!



Read Write Inc: Phonics Workshop for Parents