These are Reception children working at the first stages of reading.

Every child is a reader at St Kentigern's!


Fred talk in action!



Everyday we practise reading words, our Reading Teacher models the words, we spot the special friends, then fred talk and finally say the word. At St Kentigern's everyone is a Reader! 


We read with a partner during the sessions to practise our sounds and words. We love taking turns on each page to read the stories together. At St Kentigern's everyone is a Reader!


Let's learn Our sounds!


Writing in action using our Read Write Inc programme.





At St.Kentigern's School we follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme for teaching phonics. We believe that reading is the most important thing that children learn at school. Reading is the key to future success.


What is Read, Write Inc?
Read Write Inc. teaches synthetic phonics in a structured exciting way. Children will start the scheme when they join the school and will work through the scheme until they can read confidently with good understanding. The scheme also supports children’s writing, giving them the tools to spell and compose.

What is synthetic phonics?
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
– the sounds represented by written letters
– how to blend the sounds together to make words. Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word. At school, you will probably hear teachers talking about blending, but you might also hear them refer to sounding out or Fred Talk. All these terms focus on the same point – synthesising sounds.

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