Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme
The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early reading 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.
At Queen’s Park, we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. Children start RWI as soon as they start with us in EYFS.
The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant. Below are some pictures of our lessons.
Our Read Write Inc 'Reading Leader' is Mrs Clarke
Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics
Watch this video to find out what phonics is and how your child's phonic lessons help them to read.
Parent video: How to say the sounds
This video explains how we teach your child to pronounce the sounds, and how you should pronounce them to support your child at home.
Pre-Phonics... What comes before Phonics?
Before children start their formal phonics learning at school, it is important children are given pre-phonics experience to help develop their listening, reading and talking skills. These are essential building blocks to phonics and reading. We nurture these skills in EYFS to help our children be successful when reading.
Long Term Plan
The long-term plan below shows the expected progression through the Read Write Inc programme starting from our earliest readers in EYFS until the children are off the programme.
Reading in Action
WE LOVE READING AT HOME!
Parent video: Why read to your child?
Watch this video to find out about the benefits of reading to your child each day.
Parent video: 10 things to think about when you read to your child
We love these 10 top tips to help you make the most of your story time with your child!
Here are some examples of children putting their phonic skills into action with our wonderful staff.
Read Write Inc Books
Please encourage your child to read though the speed sounds page first, then the green and red words page and then check your child understands the meaning of words on the vocabulary check page, before they start reading the book. Your child will have read this book before they bring it home. They should be able to read this book with fluency and expression by the time they bring it home and they should have a good comprehension of what the book is about. At the back of the book are find it/prove it questions for you to do with your child.
Finally, don't worry if your child is struggling at first with their sounds and words, they will get there in their own time. If you have time (we know it is very precious!), we would urge you to try and read stories to your child before they go to bed. This will help develop a wider vocabulary which makes a vast difference to their quality of writing but it will also encourage them to enjoy a good story.
For more information please ask your child’s class teacher, Mrs Clarke or visit the links below: