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At Whitestone Infant school we believe that to develop as a writer you need to understand how our words are formed. This requires attention to the teaching of letter recognition and sounding as well as how to break words down for spelling. The pupils follow the ‘RWI programme’


Since January 2018 we have been teaching phonics and reading using Read, Write, Inc.  All teaching and teaching assistants have been trained to deliver the Read, Write Inc Phonics programme. 


The children work at the level appropriate to them and in groups no larger than 20. Every 6-7 weeks all children are assessed to see how they are getting on. 

Every day, your child will bring something home to read. This will vary depending on which RWI level they are currently reading. They might bring home red and green words, a RWI book they have already read at school so they can build their confidence or a storybag book, which is a RWI book at the same level but not previously read at school. Alternatively, they might bring a book of their own choice or a book given by their teacher that is not a RWI book but at around the same level as the ones they are reading in lessons. We do intend these books to be 'shared' with someone at home for suppor, especially if it is a free choice book.

We hope to develop a love of reading at Whitestone School and hope that you will support your child at home. Reading stories to your children is a brilliant way of encouraging them as well as being fun, developing new vocabulary and their listening skills.