In FS1 (Nursery), we focus on developing memory, sound discrimination and oracy (speaking) skills.
In FS2 (Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2), we follow the structure of Read Write Inc to develop reading and writing skills.
The five key principles that underpin all the teaching in all Read Write Inc (RWI) sessions are:
READ WRITE INC
RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and synthetic phonics that has been proven to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing learning. We believe that Read, Write, Inc (RWI) phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, 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:
When using RWI to write the children will:
Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. The children read books in line with their phonics knowledge. Children can then focus on developing fluency and comprehension throughout the school. Embedding the phonics knowledge early on means that children quickly learn to write simple words and sentences. Attainment in phonics is measured by the phonics screen Test at the end of Year 1 and ongoing assessment throughout the Read, Write, Inc programme.
PHONICS SCREENING CHECK
At the end of Year 1, most pupils undertake a Phonics Screening Check.
The national phonics screening check is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in their phonics skills to read words and ensure they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.
Your child will sit with the class teacher and will be asked to read 40 words aloud. The test normally takes a few minutes. If your child is struggling the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.
The check consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half nonsense words, the nonsense words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This not only makes the check a bit more fun, but provides the children with a context for the nonsense word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have.
Nonsense words are important to include as they can’t be read using their vocabulary or from memory; they have to use their decoding skills. This is a fair way to assess all children’s ability to decode.
We will inform you on your child’s progress towards the end of the Summer term. If your child found the test tricky we will inform you of what support we have put in place to help them improve and what you can do at home to help them as well. Children who have not met the standard will retake the check when they are in Year 2.
For detailed information on how your child learns phonics and how to support your child at home, please follow the link below: