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When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:

  • the sounds represented by written letters
  • how to blend the sounds together to make words.

Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.

At Carmountside we teach phonics through a programme called 'Read Write Inc Phonics'. This is a fun, interactive programme where the children can practise blending and segmenting letters to make words, and practise their letter formation skills. 

Click on the Read Write Inc Phonics picture below to find out more:


Click the 'phonics' image below to find out how we teach the children to pronounce the letter sounds in phonics.


Reading Books

Children who are on the Read Write Inc programme will take home a copy of the Read Write Inc book they are currently reading in class or the book they read the week before. This book is carefully matched to the child's ability and its familiarity means children can practice their accuracy and fluency of reading.

A Book Bag book is also taken home. These books are closely matched to the existing Read Write Inc. Phonics Storybooks to reinforce childrens classroom learning of phonics at the appropriate level, helping them to make even faster progress in reading. Read Write Inc. Phonics Book Bag Books fit into the existing Read Write Inc. timetable, providing an additional opportunity for structured practice.

Please ensure children bring their book bags every Wednesday when reading books will be changed by your child's reading teacher.

Children who have completed the Read Write Inc programe will be given a reading book from our Book Banded scheme which has a range of books from published schemes. These books will be carefully matched to the children's reading ability and can be changed as often as required.



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