Dunton Bassett Primary School


We strive to teach children to read accurately and fluently using the Read Write Inc Phonics programme (RWI) which teaches synthetic phonics, sight vocabulary, decoding and encoding words and accurate letter formation. We passionately believe that teaching children to read is a core purpose of primary school education.  These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.


Using the RWI phonics programme we teach children to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding 

  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information


In practice, children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and are taught how to blend these sounds to decode (read) words. We start by teaching children to read and blend the first thirty Set 1 sounds. Once they have conquered this skill, they start to read stories and texts that have words made up of the sounds they know. This means that they can embed and apply their phonic knowledge and start to build their reading fluency. Once secure, children learn Set 2 and Set 3 sounds and then read texts with increasingly more complex sounds and graphemes. Throughout this process there is a focus on comprehension, reading with expression and reading for enjoyment.


Children are taught daily in small groups which reflect their phonic knowledge and  reading fluency. We regularly assess children so that they are taught in a RWI group which matches their phonic knowledge. We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ability to read ‘tricky words’; so they experience early reading success and gain confidence that they are readers.