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Phonics RWI

In Reception we learn how to read and write through RWI. Children take part in four RWI sessions a week. Use the link below to find out more about this programme and for examples to help you support your child at home. 

*Please remember to share your child's reading book with them every week*

You can find questions in the back of the book to prompt conversation.

Remember to talk about the photos and look for any sounds you know


Your child’s reading book will be changed once a week but please make sure it comes to school each day with their reading journal in their book bag. 



Here is a checklist for sharing your child’s reading book with them at home:

  • Are they beginning to be aware of how stories are structured?
  • Are they able to look at books independently, handling them carefully and holding them the right way up?
  • Can they turn the pages?
  • Are they aware that we read from left to right and top to bottom?
  • Can they find the title on the front cover?


Questions to ask:

  • Using the picture on the front cover, what might the story be about?
  • How might the story end?
  • Where did the story take place? (Setting)
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  • What can you tell me about the characters?
  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • What happened first?
  • Can you point to the front and back cover?
  • Can you point to the title?
  • Has anything like this happened to you?
  • Did you like the book? Why or why not?
  • How was the character feeling?


You are not expected to ask every question every time you read together, choose 2 or 3 and vary them for each story.