At Our Lady’s we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading. Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! Reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners. We can achieve this together through:
- Read Write Inc, a programme to help your child read
- Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily; at home and at school
- Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home
We use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links. Mrs Sutton is our English lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her or to your child’s class teacher. Please take the time to read this invaluable information as it will help you to support your child with their reading.
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write. The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. Small group phonics lessons are taught daily by trained staff and there are consistent expectations across the range of abilities. At the end of each half term the children are assessed to check on their progress and regrouped.
Children learn sounds in school which help them to read and write. They then practise these skills through reading ‘Book Bag Books’ at home which are specifically pitched to both consolidate learning and provide challenge in an engaging and fun way! This is what they look like. More information about reading at home can be found on our Reading Webpage
Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions
Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally
We start by teaching phonics to the children in EYFS. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. 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 using rhymes.
Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recogni
se sounds ready for blending.
We do not use letter names at this early stage. Watch the video below to find out how to pronounce the ‘pure’ sounds.
Home practice cards – a copy of the set 1 sounds used in school for you to print out and practice at home.
The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.
The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
How can you help at home
Parents and carers can access 27 Read Write Inc. Phonics eBook titles for extra practice with their children at home, plus three Fresh Start Anthologies. 62 Speed Sound Practice Sheets are also available to download.
Parents will need to create a free account on Oxford Owl for Home to access the eBooks.