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At Hayfield Lane, we consider reading to be an essential skill that will be a huge factor in ensuring success later in life. This is why we place a large focus on helping our children master this skill and become confident readers. There are many components involved in developing their reading skills and due to this, we employ a wide variety of strategies, methods and programs to reach all pupils. One of the main methods of delivery that we employ is via an exciting topic-based curriculum. This topic-based curriculum has been meticulously planned to support the children in learning the expected targets whilst addressing any gaps in their learning.  Below, you can read about some of the strategies and programs that we use to support the pupils at our school. 

Story Time


Sparking a passion for reading from a young age is so important for a child's development, and it's fun!

Children instinctively love books and stories as they are introduced to wonderful ideas, places, and creatures they haven't before encountered.  


Storytelling provides children with a window to new worlds. It gives them the opportunity to learn new ideas and information; without realising it, they are learning valuable life lessons through hearing an engaging, exciting story.


Read Write Inc Phonics at Hayfield Lane Primary


At Hayfield Lane Primary we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. 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.


When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • 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


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • 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


So that you are able to support your child's learning at home, please take some time to explore the links below to see videos and examples of how RWI is taught.


Our Read Write Inc Lead Teacher in school is Mrs Middlebrook.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to contact her.