Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

01438 871241

St Paul's Walden

Primary School

Phonics and Reading

 For information at what is expected in Reading at the end of each year, please go to the page End of Year Expectations



In our school, we follow the Read, Write Inc phonics programme which our pupils really enjoy. If you would like to access some free lessons during our current school closures you can find them at the link below. If you would like to know which set your child is on, please email the school office. 

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Please note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.



There are different types of words that we learn to read. Green Words we can read by sounding them out using a 'Fred Fingers' approach. Children make the sounds they can see in the word and blend them together. 

EG: c-a-t = cat   or  b-oy = boy

We learn a digraph is two letters that make one sound and a trigraph is three letters that make one sound. We also learn a split vowel digraph makes one sound, examples are at the side. We call these special friends.

Children use this knowledge to read words effectively.



We also have Red Words which children need to learn by sight. We say 'You can't Fred a Red!' These are also known as High Frequency Words. The first 300 High Frequency Words are listed below: