Reading and Phonics

Reading & Phonics

The ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ learning across the curriculum, their ability to be independent and their future life choices. Reading development is closely related to that of phonics, speaking and listening and of writing. By reflecting upon and talking about the stories and texts they encounter, pupils are better able to make sense of their own experiences of the world and their place in it; by considering the effects of language and structures used by writers, pupils are able to make deliberate stylistic choices in their own writing.

As a school we now follow Read Write Inc. Read Write Inc. Phonics, is a  highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education and is one of their approved phonics schemes.

The Read Write Inc. phonics programme is carefully matched to the National Curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

At Huxley C.E. Primary, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Foundation Stage to Year 2 and for our children in Key Stage 2 who need further support. We have grouped the children for 'family phonics and spelling time' and children come together from Acorns and Oaks and work with a small group assisted by a teacher or teaching assistant. From after half term this will on all three days for our flexi's and additional support sessions built in on a Monday and Friday for our full time children. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.

The children start the RWI programme in the Early Years Unit and begin by learning speed sounds set one. Once children are confident with set one, they progress onto sets two and three. As part of their learning they practise reading and spelling green words (which are words that are decodable using the sounds they have been taught). They also learn red words (which are words that aren’t easily phonically decodable). Children will work through the RWI programme at different rates but they will generally be working on the RWI programme in the Early Years Unit and Key Stage One. We have now done a baseline assessment for the children in school and we have grouped them in order to support their current level of need. These groups are interchangeable and also the children may work with different teachers and teaching assistants as the move through. 

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences
  • compose stories based on picture strips
  • compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/ 

This link has free books, videos, resources and guides for parents to follow at home should you wish

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