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Danesholme Infant Academy

Be a Reader at DIA


Through a rich novel led curriculum, we explore new worlds, develop our cultural capital and broaden our cross curricular knowledge and skills in contextual learning experiences. In addition to the many, varied books that we read for pleasure in our academy our curriculum was designed with careful consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion. 


We follow the Read Write Inc.  phonics scheme. Like all phonics schemes, it teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. Read Write Inc. Phonics includes reading books written using only the letters they have learnt at each level (and a few separately taught tricky words. Our children quickly feel confident and successful using this scheme. All our teachers and teaching assistants are fully trained to deliver the scheme which enables us to teach the children in small groups of between 4 - 15 children. Regular training for all staff continues throughout the year to ensure we are always delivering the most up-to-date research based version of the Read Write Inc. scheme. Children are assessed by the Senior Leadership Team every six weeks and regrouped accordingly.

Phonics and Spelling

At Danesholme Infant Academy we teach early reading from the EYFS through to year 2 using systematic synthetic phonics. Children are taught to read and spell using the Read, Write inc. programme. This is a Dfe validated scheme for teaching and assessing reading progress. This programme has been developed by Ruth Miskin, all reading team staff receive regular specialist training to possess the confidence and skills to deliver high-quality teaching every day. Children are grouped according to assessment outcomes and read books that are matched to their sound awareness and reading fluency.


Ensuring that all children are readers is a paramount priority at the academy. All children read daily, within adapted phonics groups, in class with an adult or reading for pleasure in our high-quality library or book corners. Children are read to by adults daily, inspirational books are the basis of our curriculum planning and delivery. This includes a range of genres and text styles, carefully selected to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is represented; children see themselves in stories and all children are seen.

The development of language and vocabulary is prioritised through our book led learning and rich opportunities for quality talk are exploited throughout the curriculum.

Parents are welcomed into the academy on a regular basis to attend reading support at home workshops and to read for pleasure with their child. Children have access to books for themselves to read that are fully decodable and matched to their reading ability and a range of texts that can be shared for pleasure. Where children do not make the required progress, additional support is in place to secure a successful reading journey for our pupils.

Pupil Voice - following parent reading mornings Spring 2 2023.

'Our library has all the best books' George (March 2023)

'Me and mummy took turns to read our book' Rebecca (March 2023)


Please view these parent information videos-

Early Reading at Danesholme Infant Academy
In Reception and Key stage 1 the teaching of Phonics follows the teaching sequence set out in the Read, Write, Inc. programme. The programme teaches the 44 main sounds in the English langua…

How to say the sounds.


Why read to your child?



What is Read, Write, Inc phonics?

How to say the sounds and support your child


Throughout the year teachers share weekly videos with you so you can support your child at home.