At Henry Chadwick, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.

We aim for children to be able to:

  • Read easily and fluently with a good understanding
  • Communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively through speaking, reading and writing
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide range of vocabulary, grammar and spoken language
  • Be able to discuss, elaborate and clearly explain their ideas and understanding
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

Therefore, we implement the following:

In Early Years, children begin to develop their phonics knowledge as they begin their reading journey. We use a synthetic phonics programme called Read, Write Inc where children are introduced to 44 common sounds and how to blend, read and spell them. They are able to access a range of books matched to the phonics sounds that are changed weekly, which they take home to share with parents/carers. Teachers share a variety of books, which expose the children to rich language, themes and develop their knowledge of the world.

In KS1, children will further develop their phonics knowledge through the continuation of the Read, Write Inc programme which will run alongside and complement English lessons.

In KS2, children will have access to a wide range of books in the classroom as well as the school library. They may be challenged to read books recommended by their teacher or peers, offered the opportunity to independently choose a text or children who are not yet ‘free readers’ or are identified as priority readers, will work through our school reading scheme- these are levelled books which are appropriate for their age and ability. All children at Henry Chadwick will take part in English lessons, which are built around rich, high quality texts. Children will be exposed to a range of genres, fiction and non-fiction, modern and traditional literature and a range of authors. Their teacher will read to them daily, sharing books that will introduce the children to varied vocabulary, grammatical features, and building the understanding that reading and writing are intrinsically linked. Children’s understanding of the text, the themes within them and the author’s choices will be discussed and built upon during lessons.


Phonics Scheme

At Henry Chadwick we use the Ruth Miskin Phonics Scheme.  For further details:


Phonics Workshops

During November 2019 Phonics workshops were held for parents of children in Years 1/2 and Early Years – for those parents who couldn’t attend the PowerPoint used during the workshops can be found below. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s class teacher.

RF and AW Phonics Parent Meeting Nov 2019


A site packed with interactive games and many teaching ideas and resources to help children to learn to hear phonemes…