Reading through the book Bands

Reading books are graded by difficulty by reading levels known as Book Bands. Each Book Band has its own colour. The chart shows the progress of an ‘average’ band of children but no individual child is ‘average’, so no child makes smooth progress precisely in this way. Children tend to learn in ‘fits’ and ‘starts’; periods of growth followed by periods of consolidation when their progress seems to halt for a while. These consolidation periods are important as your child develops confidence in using and applying their newly acquired skills.

Click here to download a copy of the reading bands.

Read Write Inc Sounds

How do I pronounce the RWI sounds?

An overview of Read Write Inc by Ruth Miskin, the founder of Read Write Inc:

Read Write Inc is taught from EYFS to Year 2. Each child is grouped according to their reading ability so that they read a text which is appropriate to them and which will enable them to gain confidence and progress in their reading quickly. We assess the children regularly and make changes throughout the term to make sure the children are being challenged appropriately in their group.

To see a copy of our 'Simple Speed Sounds Chart' and ‘Complex Speed Sounds Chart’ please click below.


Letter families:

Curly caterpillar letters/numbers: c, a, o, d, g, e, q, 6, 8, 9, 0

One-armed robot letters/numbers: b, h, m, n, p, r, k, 2, 3, 5

Long ladder letters: i, l, j, t, u, y

Zig-zag letters/numbers: v, w, x, z, 1, 4, 7

Number Formation Phrases

0. Around to my left to find my hero, back to the top, I’ve made a zero.

1. Down we run and one is done.

2. Round and down, give it a shoe. That’s the way we make a two.

3. Round and round like a bee. That’s the way we make a three.

4. Down and across and down once more, now I’ve made a number four.

5. Short neck, tummy fat, number five wears a hat.

6. Bend down low to pick up sticks. Now you’ve made the number six.

7. Across the sky and down from heaven. Now I’ve made the number seven.

8. Make an ‘S’ and close the gate. Now you’ve made the number eight.

9. Make an oval and a line. Now you’ve made the number nine.

Joining Letters

At Treloweth CP School we have agreed that joins will be taught when the children start learning digraphs (two letters which make one sound e.g. th, ch, sh. As the children are taught these, they will learn how to join them correctly in RWI and then apply this is their other writing in class.

When a child forms all their letters and can join these correctly they will earn their pen licence. They have a checklist to support them with achieving this. Please click on the links below:

Y2 – Y6 Pen Licence Checklist

EYFS & Y1 Whizzy Writer Checklist


World Book Day

We joined together in the Hall for a ‘Big Read’ in which the children shared their favourite books with each other before they chose a favourite book from the teachers to listen to.

Family Reading

This year we have changed ‘Family Reading’ sessions to enable all children to take part and any friends or family who want to join in.