Read Write Inc. Phonics programme
How we teach reading
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for pleasure. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Foundation 2 class with the Read, Write, Inc program. This is a very structured daily lesson that continues into Year 1 and Year 2 and the children are taught in small groups. Children learn the letter sounds, how to ‘blend' these sounds in words and how the sounds are written. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.
We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘the,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
As the children begin to read simple words and phrases independently, they start to practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start believing that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. To ensure children gain a love of reading teachers regularly share books including stories and non-fiction. Puppets, role-play areas and props engage children and inspire them to retell stories and develop their confidence. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
Children are regularly assessed and put in to groups according to their phonics stage.
What can I do to help?
Visit the Read Write Inc. website to hear the phoneme (sounds) pronunciation guide.
Visit the Read Write Inc. website to see the correct letter formation.
Please encourage your child to read at home. Teachers will send home practice books for their child to enjoy reading with their family. However we encourage reading in lots of different ways such as favourite books at home, the library or print in the environment such as shop signs, posters etc. You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check in Year 1 by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out, and review the phonics sounds and rules.
If you have any questions about the way we teach phonics, please speak to your child’s teacher.
The link below explains the phonics screening test which takes places for Y1 pupils in June.
The following websites will support in the pronunciation of phonemes: