Reading at Monkfield Park

Early reading at Monkfield Park

Learning to read opens the door to learning. The more a child learns, the more they will endeavour to find out. That is why we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible so that they can carry on reading and become lifelong readers. Our aim is for your child to love reading. This is why we believe that it is equally as important to develop a love of books as well as to learn to read.

We teach early reading using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. It is a systematic phonics programme, devised by a lady called Ruth Miskin who is a leading educationalist in this field. Read Write Inc. Phonics is an inclusive English programme for all children learning to read and write from the beginning of Reception to the end of Year 1. Some children will continue to learn to read using the programme, as appropriate for their stage of learning, beyond Year 1.

How we teach your child to read and write using Read Write Inc. Phonics.

  • We teach the letter sounds (phonemes) first – in a specific order.

  • We then teach the children to blend those sounds together in order to read words.

  • We also teach children to read red words (common exception words) – words like ‘said’ and ‘they’.

  • The children read words in matched storybooks. Each storybook is carefully matched to the sounds they can already read - setting them up for success.

  • We discuss and write about the ideas in these storybooks.

  • We read to children ‘real books’. Once they have learnt to read, they will be able to independently read these books for themselves.

  • We also teach children to spell the words they learn to read. We use ‘Fred Talk’ to help children read and spell words. Fred is a frog who can only speak in sounds, and we call this ‘Fred Talk’. For example ‘m’ ‘a’ ‘t’, ‘l’ ‘u’ ‘n’ ‘ch’. He helps the children to sound out words so they can read and spell.

  • We use Fred Fingers to help children sound out words to spell easily. It means they do not have to memorise lists of spelling words. It is a tool so they will be able to spell any word.

How you can help at home

Storybooks will be sent home for your child to read. They will bring home a storybook after reading it during their phonic session that day. This means they will be able to read the text with fluency and confidence – like a storyteller. This does not mean the text is too easy for them – it means they are reading at the correct level. We do not send texts home the children cannot read because we always want them to be set up to succeed in their reading, and to feel successful in this.


As well as listening to your child read their storybook, one of the most important things you can do as a parent at home is read higher level texts to your child. This helps develop an enjoyment for stories and the motivation for learning to read themselves. We encourage you to ask questions and share opinions about what you read to engage them in discussion, get them thinking about what they read and develop vocabulary.


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Ravenous Readers 17th January 2018
In the words of Dr Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Here at Monkfield Park, we couldn’t agree more. We believe providing children with rich reading and writing opportunities within school and at home are fundamental in developing a child’s love for reading.  
On Wednesday afternoon, an interactive session was held for Reception and Key Stage One parents which showcased a range of activities and ideas to promote reading and writing within the home and beyond. This included cosy reading areas, a list of challenges to complete at the library, reading bingo, e-books and recommended reads. Great fun was had by children and their parents who came along and many left with an eagerness to read and write more together as a family.