At Edison we teach phonics through the Ruth Miskin Read, Write inc. program.

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Parents can support their child's progress in phonics by following the guides and videos available on the Ruth Miskin website.  Parents click here

Please see recommended reading for each academic year group.


Reading is the cornerstone of learning at Edison Primary School as it fosters critical thinking, expands vocabulary, and enhances comprehension skills among students. By immersing themselves in books, children are transported to diverse worlds, cultures, and perspectives, nurturing empathy and understanding. Moreover, reading ignites imagination and creativity, laying a solid foundation for future academic success.

At Edison Primary School, prioritizing reading not only cultivates a love for learning but also equips students with the essential tools to navigate the complexities of the modern world.