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Read Write Inc

We use Read, Write Inc as our reading programme in Nursery, Reception classes, Year 1 and 1 /2. We are also using it as a 'catch-up' programme for some children in Years 2-6 (including Fresh Start for Years 5 and 6).


The programme is a 'synthetic phonics' programme which teaches children how to segment words into sounds and how to blend sounds into words. The children learn all the sounds in the English language and their alternative spellings. The programme is very brisk and lively and the children learn quickly and effectively.


We use Read Write Inc Spelling programme (Years 2-6).



Our aim is for all children to become fluent readers and develop a passion for reading.   We use engaging texts with the whole class across the school, from Reception to Year 6 so the children become enthusiastic about reading, enhance and develop their vocabulary, and to inspire their writing.  We aim to teach reading to children through phonics, using pictorial clues and through their understanding of the text they are reading.  Children are heard to read on a one to one basis, in small groups and in KS2 the children read alongside the whole class. 


Accelerated Reader 

The importance of reading cannot be overstated, which is why pupils at Handford Hall Primary School use a software specifically designed to help children of all ages and abilities learn to read and read to learn – even when English is a second language.


Accelerated Reader (AR) is the most popular and successful reading product of all time. AR’s advanced technology helps you:


  • Make essential reading practice more effective for every child.
  • Personalise reading practice to each student’s current level.
  • Manage all reading activities including read toread with, and read independently.
  • Assess pupils’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.
  • Build a lifelong love of reading and learning.


Guided Reading

All children (Y2-Y6) take part in 30 min guided reading sessions following RIC strategy.



The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and explore their writing skills. Children write for purpose wherever possible, on a theme linked to the half termly topic. Teacher-led activities show children how to plan, draft, rehearse and edit texts preparing them to write ambitiously. Children learn how to debate and present: to reason and justify their answers. Grammar is integrated into our English curriculum and is taught discretely and in context.


Pupils in EYFS and KS1 take part in Talk for Writing sessions, their work is being published in Wonderful Writing books.


KS2 pupils plan, draft, edit and publish their writing (including cross curricular writing) in Big Write books.