Reading and Phonics


At Acklam Whin Primary, we teach phonics using a linguistic phonics programme called Sounds-Write. Sounds-Write is a highly structured, multi-sensory approach to teaching children to read and spell. Its structure and simplicity makes it a programme that is accessible to all learners, ensuring progress for all in reading and spelling.

The three skills that children are taught to master throughout all units of the programme are:

1. Blending

2. Segmenting

3. Phoneme manipulation

The programme also ensures that children are taught four main concepts:

1. Letters are symbols that represent sounds

2. Sounds can be spelled using 1, 2, 3 or 4 letters

3. The same sound can be spelled in different ways

4. The same spelling can represent different sounds.

Pupils begin Sounds-Write on entry into Reception where they will be taught the initial code. Once the initial code has been mastered, children continue to practise all three key skills whilst learning the extended code.


How can I support my child at home?
There is a FREE Sounds-Write online course available to parents and carers: Help your child to read and write. 
The course will assist you in:
  • Helping your child take their first steps in reading and spelling;

  • Supporting your child build, write and read simple cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words;

  • Correcting your child when they make a mistake in their reading or writing of simple words;

  • Understanding how phonics works.​​

There are two parts to the course. Please click on the links below to access them. 
The EYFS Team have also provided bespoke videos to support parents of children in Reception in helping their children to read and write. 

Click below for our parent guidance for
how to pronounce sounds:


Oxford Reading Tree

When the children enter Year 2, they begin reading books from ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. Each child is assessed and assigned an ‘Oxford Reading Tree Level’. They can then select any book from within that level to enjoy both in school and at home. The children continue reading texts from ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ until they leave primary school at the end of Year 6. 

Reading for Pleasure

In addition to their levelled book, children can also choose from a wide range of ‘Reading for Pleasure’ books that are located in our newly refurbished school library. These books are for the children to enjoy at home with an adult to help to develop their appreciation for literature and to support their vocabulary development. Children are able to choose these books when they visit the library. Each class, from Nursery through to Year 6, visits the library once a week. The timetable for this can be found below. 

Monday Year 5
Tuesday: Year 4
Wednesday Nursery
Thursday Reception & Year 3
Friday Year 1, Year 2 & Year 6