Phonics and reading scheme information

Many of the children at The Coppice School are cognitively and developmentally functioning at pre phonics reading levels. This means that they are not yet ready to learn these more formal skills. 

Class teams work with pupils to develop skills at the early stages of development that are successful in promoting; 

      • attention and eye contact
      • engagement
      • listening skills
      • communication skills 
      • gross and fine motor skills 


Many of our learners demonstrate an awareness and understanding of these skills through appropriate use of objects of reference, photographs and picture symbols. In this way, pupils are developing their communication whilst making progress in early reading.

Staff know our pupils well and will use the most appropriate methods of teaching phonics and early reading. This may include the use of our chosen phonics teaching programme, Read Write Inc. which helps to break down learning into small, incremental steps for pupils whose learning difficulties mean that they will require extra support in reading. 

The school has access to bespoke training and specialist support in our implementation of Read Write Inc.

Click here to find out more about Read Write Inc and how it can be adapted for use with pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 


Our school library has a range of picture books, sensory stories, tactile books and books belonging to reading schemes. We offer reading books (fiction and non fiction texts) from schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree, Sunshine, Project X, Red Rocket Readers and Ransom Reading Stars. 

For more information, please contact Claire Howatson, Subject Co-ordinator for English.