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Phonics at William Gladstone

William Gladstone our children follow the Read Write Inc. programme in phonics.

How it works?

The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They work in small groups with a teacher or a teaching assistant to learn the sounds that they need to know. At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again.


Through RWI the children will learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. The children learn to read real and 'nonsense' words by blending sounds together. These sounds can be stretchy sounds or bouncy sounds.


Children learn to read words by blending the letter/sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets. You can help your child to read words by sound-blending (Fred Talk) e.g. c-a-t= cat. In phonics we use pure sounds. This means removing the 'uh' from the sounds.

How we teach reading:

Children learn to read in different ways and at different ages. The first part of a child's journey towards being a successful reader starts when the child is a baby and is listening to stories and rhymes. This encourages a love of language and stories and develops the child's vocabulary and understanding of language as they start to become familiar with what words mean and what they look like. Our teachers continue to build on this through story time, interactions with the children, reading across the curriculum and setting u books corners in each class to support your child in developing a love for reading.

In KS1 and FS your child will begin to start their reading journey with learning phonics. This is to support the children in recognising what each letter sounds like and how they can be blended to make a word. At William Gladstone we teach phonics using the RWI scheme (Please see our phonics information sheet for more detail.)

Once the children are secure in their phonics knowledge and throughout their time in school we build upon other reading skills:

  • Identify the words in print –word recognition
  • Construct an understanding from them –comprehension and inference
  • Coordinate identifying words and making meaning so that reading is automatic and accurate – fluency.


Writing at William Gladstone

At William Gladstone, we strive to instill a love of writing through fun and enjoyable activities. We use the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ process to build resilient, successful and independent story-tellers. We focus on both oral and written pieces of work across a variety of both fiction and non-fiction genres.

Children are encouraged to magpie ideas from well-loved tales to create their own story plots and characters. As children progress, they will increase their bank of writing skills and techniques. Lessons are exciting and engaging using multi-sensory methods to ensure that all children can access the learning regardless of age or ability. Wherever possible, we link writing genres to current year group topics and use a range of up to date visual literacy to provide stimulus for writing.


William Gladstone Primary Academy is working hard to transform the teaching of maths working alongside the White Rose Maths Hub scheme. Our aim is to develop a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress.

Inspired and informed by robust, world-class research and global maths experts, the White Rose Hub works with teachers and colleagues throughout the UK and internationally.

By building confidence, resilience and a passion for maths, William Gladstone Primary aims to shoe that whatever your prior experience or preconceptions, maths is an exciting adventure that everyone can enjoy, value and master!



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