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Hexham First School


At Hexham First we place strong emphasis on the teaching of reading, believing that reading and literacy are the basis of the whole curriculum.

Read Write Inc

At Hexham First  we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

Here is a link to the Parents Information Page of the Read Write Inc website.


Children take part in guided reading sessions at least twice a week and shared reading takes place each day. All pupils are provided with a reading diary which they are expected to bring to school every day along with their reading book. This diary allows on-going communication between home and school on your child’s reading progress.

There are a number of reading interventions in school which support those who are finding reading difficult. Reading Recovery is available for children in Key Stage 1 and Reading Buddies is available for children in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Reading schemes

Throughout the school children read a range of reading books from different reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Story World, Rigby Star and Heinemann. The books are levelled according to the Reading Recovery Book bands.

When using RWI to read and write the children will:

  • When using RWI to read the children will: learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences

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