Read, Write, Inc
We are proud to be a Read, Write, Inc school.
At Elton Primary school, our children learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.
The programme is for:
• Children in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
• Any children in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly
• Struggling readers in Years 5 and 6 follow Read Write Inc. Fresh Start.
In Read Write Inc. Phonics children:
• Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
• Read common exception words on sight
• Understand what they read
• Read aloud with fluency and expression
• Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
• Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
• Acquire good handwriting.
In addition, we teach children to work effectively with a partner to explain and consolidate what they are learning. This provides the teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on difficulties, such as children’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic code knowledge.
We group children homogeneously, according to their progress in reading rather than their writing. This is because it is known that children’ progress in writing will lag behind progress in reading, especially for those whose motor skills are less well developed.
In Year R we emphasise the alphabetic code. The children rapidly learn sounds and the letter or groups of letters they need to represent them. Simple mnemonics help them to grasp this quickly. This is especially useful for children at risk of making slower progress. This learning is consolidated daily. Children have frequent practice in reading high frequency words with irregular spellings – common exception words.
We make sure that children read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and the common exception words. This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain confidence that they are readers. Re-reading and discussing these books with the teacher supports their increasingly fluent decoding.
Alongside this, the teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction to children; they are soon able to read these texts for themselves.
Embedding the alphabetic code early on means that children quickly learn to write simple words and sentences. We encourage them to compose each sentence aloud until they are confident to write independently. We make sure they write every day.
Children write at the level of their spelling knowledge. The quality of the vocabulary they use in their writing reflects the language they have heard in the books the teacher has read to them; they have also discussed what the words mean.
Our aim is for children to complete the phonics programme as quickly as possible. The sooner they complete it, the sooner they will be able to choose books to read at their own interest and comprehension level.
Children are currently assessed on a termly basis. At the end of year 1, children complete a phonics screening check. If they do not pass the check, they will repeat the test at the end of year 2.
Useful Videos/Links for parents below -
What is Read, Write Inc Phonics - https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/xQjEYOsB/K65xZWLX
Understanding Phonics - https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/GUbEGU2z/si9II4wt
More information can be found at https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents-copy-2/