Phonics and Reading
Read Write Inc Phonics
At East Crompton St George’s C of E Primary School phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. The scheme is based on good pace, repetition of previous learning and high quality teaching. The aim of the programme is to create fluent, enthusiastic readers and willing writers.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn that sounds are represented by written letters.
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- learn how to blend sounds.
- learn to read words using 'Fred Talk' to 'sound out' and blend words.
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to write the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by using 'Fred Fingers'.
- write simple sentences.
At EC St George's we want to develop a love of reading within children which stays with them for life. Children access home reading within an allocated book band. Teacher assessments, and the use of PM Benchmark assessments are used to ensure children are accessing the appropriate book band for their reading ability. This is based on decoding and inference skills. Within each book band, children can access a variety of reading texts including books from a range of reading schemes and 'REAL' books which are appropriately banded to ensure progression. The breadth of texts encourage engagement and enthusiasm in reading. In addition, children who are working through the RWI phonics programme take a phonics based book home. this is linked to their current stage within RWI.
Throughout the week, in school, children access guided reading group sessions or whole class reading sessions with a member of staff. There is a strong focus on developing a breadth of reading skills within these sessions through high quality questioning.