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Reading and Phonics


At Raleigh Infant Academy we believe one of the most important skills for our children to develop is reading.  

We believe that reading is a key tool for life.  Teaching children to become excellent readers and to have a love of reading is a major part of what we strive to do.  Children have the opportunity to read every day.  Children will read on either an individual or whole class basis.  Provision allows for our pupils to independently access a range of books and stories.  Our pupils are encouraged to share books at home through our school library service. To ensure books are carefully matched to our pupils abilities, all of our reading books are linked to our phonics programme.  Within our English lessons we carefully plan comprehension opportunities to ensure pupils are developing their abilities to make predictions, to infer, to sequence and explain their thoughts.

Find out how you can support your child to read at home by clicking on the links below.!?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1 (alphabet/phonics) (online reading books) (daily spag and writing challenge) (use the image to inspire writing) (KS1 English) (story books)



At Raleigh Infant Academy and Nursery, we are currently transitioning our letter and sounds to the accredited phonics scheme is Little Wandle Letters & Sounds.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been built around the update (Department for Education – Letters and Sounds improving rates of progress 2021) that we were funded to produce by the Department for Education, as well as drawing on the latest research into how children learn best, how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.

There is a strong emphasis on using phonics to read.  Children will be exposed from Nursery to phase 1 phonics.  As children transition into Reception, the children will be exposed immediately to phase 2.  Children will work through the phases in preparation to pass the phonic screening test in the summer term of Year 1.   As pupils transition into Year 2, they focus on spelling and grammar.  Please press here to see our Phonics Policy.

Little Wandle at home

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.

Phonics Policy

Helpful Links  

RHSE (Relationships, Health and Sex Education

The Relationships, Health and Sex Education policy covers Raleigh Infant Academy’s approach to teaching Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE). 

Parents will be informed about the policy through regular RHSE consultation events, our school prospectus and a link shared with parents. If a hard-copy of a document is required, the school will be happy to provide this upon request. The school will work with parents requiring the policy in an alternative format, ensuring equitable accessibility for all.

Please click here to view the RSHE Policy

Please click here to view the RSHE Presentation





At Raleigh Infant Academy, we follow the Debbie Hepplewhite handwriting scheme.  All children learn how to write individual letters before learning to join.  


Joined letters