Springfield House Community Special School

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Phonics and Reading Support

  • At Springfield we use 'Read, Write, Inc' to teach phonics to children to enable them to read. 
  • Below are links to videos and resources that support you to help your child learn to read.                                                          What is phonics?                                                                                                                                                      
  • What is Read, Write, Inc phonics?                                                                                                                               
  • Free Read, Write , Inc lessons at home during school closures.                                                                                 - Oxford Owl -Read Write Inc. page on Oxford Owl for Home. Here you can find lots of free resources to  support your child’s learning.
  • Oxford Owl - free online books for 3 to 11 year olds. your class teacher will have sent you log on details.   If you have forgotten them, just ask your class team to re-issue them.
  • Accelerated Reader Parent help sheet - Each child has their own log on details which were sent home.  If you have forgotten your details please  phone school office and they will be able to provide your child's logon details. 
  • Poster with information to help you support you when reading with your child. 



We will start by using the RWI (Read, Write, Inc) programme to teach the children  as soon as they join Springfield and this will continue until they are ready to exit the programme.  This means that each child will learn how to 'read' the sounds in words and how these sounds can be written down.  This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn how to spell well.  We will teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call 'tricky words', such as 'once' and 'said'.  They practise reading with books that match their phonics and the 'tricky words' they know.  This way they start believing in themselves as successful readers and this does wonders for their confidence.

Children who have successfully completed the programme will move on to RWI spelling which covers all the spelling rules.  We believe pupils at Springfield House will love these sessions as they complete a variety of activities and work with a partner in a fun and engaging way.

We want your child to love reading - and to want to read for themselves.  At Springfield House, teachers, TAs, adults and older pupils read to the children too, so they get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books.  They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.