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Phonics at Alston

Phonics at Alston


At Alston we use the Read Write Inc Phonics programme produced by Ruth Miskin and Oxford University Press for the teaching of our discrete phonics lessons.

Through this we are able to deliver a multi-sensory phonics, reading and writing programme of learning.

The key principles of this scheme are –

Pace, purpose, praise and passion.

Year group



RWI Phonics – Speed set 1 sounds


Speed set 1 sounds

Speed set 2 sounds

Year 1

Recap peed set 2 sounds

Teach set 3 speed sounds

Year 2

Recap speed set 3 sounds

Key Stage 2

RWI Phonics –

Speed set varies depending on individual child’s phonic ability


Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Key Stage 1.  Children are grouped by ability so they learn rapidly at the right level.

To support the teaching of reading we use the RWI Phonics fully decodable books (fiction and non-fiction titles), which match clearly to each of the 3 speed set sound groups.


Speed set 1                                                      Speed set 2                                               Speed set 3






Phonics Curriculum Information

Year 1 Phonics Screening Test

RWI Coffee Morning

Phonics Information for Parents

Phonics Screening Check







  • The phonic screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1.

  • It will take place week beginning 10th June 2019.

  • It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 pseudo (not real) words).

  • The expectation from the Government is that pupils should achieve the ‘expected standard’ in phonics by the end of Year 1.The pass mark was 32 or above in 2018.

  • The check will take up to ten minutes per pupil and will be conducted by the child’s class teacher.

  • Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 must retake the check in Year 2.





  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alston 50% 50% 71% 80% 84% 84% 91%
National 58% 69% 74% 77% 81% 81% 82%


  • As the results above show, Alston now exceed National expectations and we will continue this good work.
  • Support has already been put in place to assist all our pupils to achieve their best outcomes.
  • Alston Primary School will report the result of your child’s score out of 40 along with the % of children who have reached the expected level.  This must be reported to you by the end of the summer term hopefully by the second week in July.