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Downham Church Of England Primary School

Inspiring children to soar to new heights.


Church Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1NU



 Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at school. Everything else depends on it.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


 In EYFS and KS1 we teach using Read Write Inc. Phonics


Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.


Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:


Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about


Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning


Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability


Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning


Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.


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Information for EYFS:

Information for Y1 and Y2: 

Listening to your child read

What can you do to help at home?

  1. Listen to your child read the same Read Write Inc. Storybook again and again
  2. Encourage them to use ’Special Friends’, ‘Fred Talk’, ‘read the word’
  3. Discuss the story and encourage their storyteller voice.


 There are free video tutorials on our website –

 We’re also on Facebook –

 Free e-books for home reading:


Below are some Frequently Asked Questions for Parents.....