PHONICS AND EARLY READING
Read, Write, Inc
“Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and we will change everything. And I mean everything” Jean Winterson. At Chagford primary we want children to learn to read quickly and accurately and to then keep on reading. We want children to see reading not only as a task set by teachers in school but as an activity which provides pleasure and escape from the modern world.
We believe that, with the right support, all children can and will learn to read. In order for all children to be successful we assess them each half term and place them in a group that is matched to their ability. We are constantly informally assessing the children to make sure that they are at the “Goldilocks spot” where the books they read are neither to easy nor too hard. If needed, children receive additional support in the form of daily 1:1 coaching, to help them on their journey to becoming a confident reader. Within the daily RWI sessions, children will be encouraged and supported to not only develop their decoding skills but also their comprehension and fluency skills. The writing aspect of the programme will teach the children how to use key skills to record their ideas and they will be encourage to formulate their sentences orally before writing these on paper.
Teaching of phonics is integral to the teaching of reading and although a major part, it is not the only thing we do. We have a range of phonetically decodable reading books from which the children can choose. Children are also free to borrow books from our extensive school library.
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. All children in Years R to 2 will be following the programme. They will be regularly assessed, put into groups and given the appropriate RW1 reading and workbooks to follow. The programme can also be followed by older children to catch up.
Read, Write, Inc lessons take place every morning for children in reception, year 1 and year 2.