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COVID-19 Update

As you will be aware, the guidance for testing has changed today.

Here is some updated guidance taken from the government website and NHS website:


From 1 April, updated guidance will advise people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are infections of parts of the body involved in breathing, such as the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs.



Symptoms of an RTI include:

  • a cough – you may bring up mucus (phlegm)
  • sneezing
  • a stuffy or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • breathlessness, tight chest or wheezing
  • a high temperature
  • feeling generally unwell

From 1 April, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.


Self Isolation Changes with effect from 17.1.22

COVID-19 UPDATE - December 2021







Returning to school in September Risk Assessment

Return to school following Covid-19 school closures - RISK ASSESSMENT

Classrooms have been reorganised to allow for social distancing. Here are a few pictures ...

COVID 19 explained for children

Fantastic Free Phonics Resource

Early Reading at Gawber Primary School

At Gawber primary School we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.


Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.


We can achieve this together through:

  • Teaching ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme in school
  • All children reading decodable books until they have finish the phonic programme
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by giving them access to a wide range of books at home and school
  • Listening to and reading to children at home and school


At Gawber Primary we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their Reading. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.

Mrs Malpass is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a systematic synthetic phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at


How is Read Write Inc taught?

RWI is taught daily in school to children in FS2 and Year 1 and any children in Year 2 that have not finished the programme. Children are assessed regularly and grouped according to ability. Sessions last up to 30 minutes.  The group sizes vary according to the age and the needs of the individual children.  


Children will be taught how to read as follows:


Fred Talk


We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! we call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.


The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred.


Set 1 Sounds


Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.


Set 1




Down Maisie then over the two mountains. Maisie, mountain, mountain.


Round the apple, down the leaf.


Slide around the snake


Round the dinosaur's back, up his neck and down to his feet.


Down the tower, across the tower,


Down the insects body, dot for the head.


Down Nobby and over the net.


Down the plait, up and over the pirates face.


Round the girls face, down her hair and give her a curl


All around the orange


Curl around the caterpillar


Down the kangaroos body, tail and leg


Down and under the umbrella, up to the top and down to the puddle


Down the laces, over the toe and touch the heel


Down the stem and draw the leaves


Slice into the egg, go over the top, then under the egg


Down the long leg


Down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back


Slither down the snake, then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back


Down the robot's back, then up and curl


Down his body, curl and dot


Down a wing, up a wing


Down a horn, up a horn and under the yak's head.


Down, up, down, up the worm.


Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back


Zig-zag-zig, down the zip.


Curl around the caterpillar, , then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back


Round the queen’s head, up to her crown, down her hair and curl


Cross down the arm and leg and cross the other way


A thing on a string


I think I stink

Please do not use letter names at this early stage.


Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound.


Set 2 and 3 Sounds

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.


Long  vowel sound

Set 2 Speed Sound cards

Teach these first

Set 3 Speed Sound cards


ay: may I play

a-e: make a cake

ai: snail in the rain


ee: what can you see

ea: cup of tea

e: he me we she be


igh: fly high

i-e: nice smile


ow: blow the snow

o-e: phone home

ao: goat in a boat


oo: poo at the zoo

u-e: huge brute

ew: chew the stew


oo: look at a book




ar: start the car




or: shut the door

aw: yawn at dawn



air: that’s not fair

are: share and care



ir: whirl and twirl

ur: nurse for a purse

er: a better letter


ou: shout it out

ow: brown cow



oy: toy for a boy

oi: spoil the boy




ire: fire fire!




ear: hear with your ear




ure: sure it’s pure?



Nonsense words (Alien/Monster words)          


As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term. 


Decodable Books

  • Our decodable reading books follow Read Write Inc phonics programme.
  • Regular assessments are carried out to ensure your child’s reading books match their existing phonic knowledge.
  • Your child’s reading book only contains words that your child can read based on their existing phonic knowledge.
  • The books are progressive as your child’s phonic knowledge develops. 
  • A Read Write Inc decodable book is introduced to your child in school.
  • The book is read 3 times with an adult in school to familiarise your child with the text, practise their decoding skills and reading on sight of tricky words (red words).
  • The book is sent home on Monday and is kept at home for a week.
  • The child reads the book at home with an adult, (ideally daily) to practise their decoding skills, fluency and reading on sight of tricky words.
  • The book is returned the following Monday and a new book is sent home.


How to support your child with their decodable book       


  • Encourage your child to say the speed sounds at the front of the book.
  • Your child reads the ‘Green words’ through decoding (breaking them up in to the individual sounds/phonemes).
  • Your child reads the ‘Red words’ on sight (these are non-decodable and have to be learnt).
  • Encourage your child to read all of these in and out of order.



  • Your child reads the story to you. 
  • If they come to a word they are not sure of they decode the word (break the word up in to individual sounds/phonemes).
  • Red words in the text are tricky words that are non decodable and your child should read them on sight, however if they are unsure of any then you can prompt them.
  • As your child will read the story many times they will become more confident and fluent. When this happens encourage them to read with expression when they see speech marks or speech bubbles.



  • Ask your child the questions at the end of the book to develop their understanding. 
  • Encourage them to refer back to the relevant page to find the answer.



  • Your child reads the ‘Speed Green Words’ on sight.
  • Encourage your child to read these in and out of order.



  • Use lots and lots of praise and support to encourage your child!


Please note:

  • All steps don’t need to all be completed every reading session but can be completed in any order over several sessions.
  • Children in FS2/Class 0 may be sent home with a sheet rather than a book initially until they have learnt enough sounds/phonemes to access the books.  The sheets are to be completed in the same way using the steps.


Develop the Love of Reading!                                         


  • We want to develop your child’s ‘Love of Reading’ through immersing them in a wide range of high quality texts. (Link to recommended reads)
  • To encourage this, in addition to your child’s decodable Read Write Inc reading book they will bring home a library book of their choice to share with you at home. 
  • Please help your child through looking at the book together and reading it to them.  Discuss the content and ask them questions about it. 


  • Encourage this further by looking at and reading stories of their own at home. Try to model reading with expression and emphasis!
  • Visiting the local library and borrowing books.
  • Taking part in the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ at the library.
  • Encourage adults at home to be seen reading. Allowing children to see adults as readers really does help create a culture of reading and promote that reading is fun and pleasurable and must continue into later life!


Phonics Screening Check Year One

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.  Click here for further information on the Screening check.


Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child  learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included. - many games to play  - fun games for the children to play information about RWI include how to pronounce all the sounds/phonemes.


Here are a list of books that are recommended for each year group

Online Safety Christmas Tips 

Many Christmas lists will probably include electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones or games consoles. Below are some hints to help parents make these devices safer...

·      When you purchase a device, take it out of the box before you give it to your child. Go onto the settings section where you can restrict or disable features so your children cannot download unsuitable applications or content e.g. videos. A good site to support you with setting controls is: 

·      Make sure that the account on the tablet/phone is set up by a parent or carer, so that they can authorise content that is downloaded. This is important if they want to download any additional content called ‘In App Purchases’ (IAP).

·      Look at the age ratings for applications as some might not be suitable for your child. The same goes for access to popular sites such as You Tube, Snapchat and Tik Tok.

·      Talk to your children about using cameras and video chat facilities. If someone acts inappropriately, then make sure they tell you immediately. Also, ensure they use these features sensibly and don’t take unsuitable images and share them with people they don’t know.

·      If you are buying a smartphone for your child, talk to the mobile provider about parental controls. These might not be automatically switched on, so you may need to look at the providers website for support.

·      Games consoles such as Xbox’s and Playstations are very popular with primary aged children. The key issue with video games is the suitability of a number of titles as they are rated in the same way as films. Therefore, major releases before Christmas such as Call of Duty: Modern Welfare (rated 18), Star Wars Jedi (rated 16), NFS Heat (rated 16) all have 16+ ratings. A useful site to find about the content of games can be found here: 


Reading Bookmarks - how to help your child with their reading

Useful website links: