Phonics

We are currently changing how we teach phonics (March 2022).

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the new curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress.

The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

From January 2022, the staff collectively investigated different phonics programmes. Following research and discussions with all stakeholders (governors, PTFA, all staff), it was decided RWI would be purchased and implemented.

Read Write Inc – Our Phonics Scheme

Here at Brandesburton, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

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 can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant.

Our Read Write Inc ‘Reading Leader’ is Mrs Altoft (Literacy Lead)

When using RWI to read the children will:

· Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts

· Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)

· Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out

· Show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’

Talking

When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

· To answer questions

· To take turns talking and listening to each other

· To give positive praise to each other

Blending

Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set.

Help your child to say the pure sounds (‘m’ not ‘muh’, ‘s’ not ‘suh’ etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

Support for parents:

Oxford Owl Read Write Inc Phonics Guide