Higher Openshaw Community School

Together We Learn

0161 223 3549


Saunton Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 1AJ

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Our school promotes a love of reading.  Both reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure.  We provide a print rich environment for all of our pupils.

In our school, phonics is taught across EYFS and KS1 as well as in intervention sessions across KS2. In KS1 we do this using the Read Write Inc programme of study.


Across EYFS & KS1, children have daily phonics lessons which they enjoy. Each session is broken up into different parts including: revision of previous sounds taught, teaching of a new sound, reading words with the new sound and writing them.  Children who have not completed the programme continue in KS2 in streamed groups. 

Ruth Miskin Phonics

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Direct Teaching

Direct teaching underpins the programme. Spelling is taught cumulatively and systematically, with deliberate, focused practice. Constant revision and practice are key to children’s success.

Children learn the routines and behaviours necessary for each activity, and practise these until they use them automatically. This allows them to focus on what matters most – learning to spell.



It makes sense of the most complex alphabetic code in the world, with its 150 spellings of 44 speech sounds.

The spelling programme:

  • builds upon teaching strategies and spelling activities from Read Write Inc. Phonics.
  • is organised in daily, 15-minute well-paced lessons
  • provides plenty of writing practice, with a clear record of children’s progress


The programme also makes learning to spell enjoyable for children. 

  • alternative spellings of vowels
  • alternative spellings of consonants
  • homophones
  • the impact of adding prefixes and suffixes to root words
  • how to spell plural nouns
  • ‘silent’ letters

Read Write Inc. Comprehension

Read Write Inc. Comprehension, written by Ruth Miskin, is a 14-week programme that provides a transition from Read Write Inc. Phonics to Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language.

The programme:

  • Uses the key teaching strategies in Read Write Inc. Phonics to maintain momentum and pupil progress
  • Develops children's reading fluency and comprehension of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Improves children's writing by developing their vocabulary, grammar and spelling.