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‘Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become

a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging

material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.’

(RWI Parent Information Booklet)

Learning to Read

When children are learning to read, they develop two distinct sets of skills;


  • Word Reading
  • Comprehension


Word Reading


For word reading, children learn to recognise sounds, say them correctly, and then blend these together to make words. This is learned through phonics. Phonics is taught at Faringdon Infant School using Read Write Inc Phonics. You can read about this on the Phonics page. 


Some words are not straightforward to read using phonics but do appear frequently in the English language. These words are taught as 'tricky words' or 'common exception words' (exceptions to the rules of phonics). These are listed below for Year One and Two.




It is equally important that as children learn to read, they develop comprehension. This is about understanding, interpreting and learning from what they read. This process begins before children are even able to read words for themselves! It is first developed by listening to stories, poems, songs and rhymes and talking about these with the adults who share them. 

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