Phonics

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We are excited to announce from June 2022, we will use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing. RWI is a method of learning centred around 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 child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

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. 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; ask them to show you what some of these sounds are.

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. The children become more fluent readers as their sight vocabulary increases and this does wonders for their confidence.

 

WHEN USING RWI TO READ & WRITE THE CHILDREN WILL:

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

 

Reading Books

As we transfer to the new scheme (June/July 22), children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will continue to bring home a phonetically decodable books which matches the sounds they have been learning in school each week. Please see the parent guide at the bottom of this page for more information on reading at home with your child. From September 2022, the children will bring home a RWI reading book that they have been reading in school each week along with an additional book to give them extra practise reading at home. 

 

Parent Information 

Please see the year group weekly sway for more information on RWI.

All parents will be invited into school in September for a parent information session to give you more information on how your child will learn to Read and Write using RWI. Please also find some documents below with information. If you would like more information, please call in at the school office and a member of the Reading Team will be happy to answer any questions.

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