From September 2019, we have started teaching phonics using the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme.
RWI Phonics at Home guidance
The RWI Youtube channel is uploading daily phonics lessons each day for Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds. There is no harm in your child repeating sounds they have already learnt as this will just reinforce the learning that has taken place in school.
There is a wide range of free resources available which your child and you can use at home. This includes:
- 72 eBooks matched to Read Write Inc. levels – your child will need to tell you the colour of the book they read so you can find the correct books for them.
- 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets – these will help your child remember the sounds they have learnt and also encourage them to improve their letter formation.
- 28 Ditty sheets – these are for children who have not yet accessed a book or are reading red books.
- 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows – these are the common exception words that children will need to practice. The slide shows are matched to the book colours.
- My Set 1 Speed Sounds Book as an eBook – This set of sounds should be practised by children reading Ditty or red books. However, all children up to yellow books should be reviewing set 1 sounds.
- My Sets 2 & 3 Speed Sounds Book as an eBook – This set of sounds should be practised by children reading green books and onwards.
- 3 Speed Sounds Slideshows – This set of sounds should be practised by children reading orange books and onwards.
The homepage has also been fully refreshed to help parents find the right support for their child.
Parents will need to register with the site to access the eBooks – it is free to register. You will just need a valid email address.
How we teach reading – answers for parents
The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. 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 these 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. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.
The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
How long will it take to learn to read well?
By the end of Year 2, your child should be able to read aloud books that are at the right level for his or her age. In Year 3 we concentrate more on helping children to understand what they are reading, although this work begins very early on. This happens when the teacher reads to the children and also when the children read their own story book.
What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn’t do?
A meeting was held in September to explain how we teach reading.
Your child will bring different sorts of books home from school. It helps if you know whether this is a book that your child can read on their own or whether this is a book that you should read to them. Your child will have brought home a letter that explained which is which.
Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly at this link:
We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family.
Does it matter if my child misses a lesson or two?
It matters a lot if your child misses school. The way we teach children to read is very well organised, so even one missed lesson means that your child has not learnt something that they need to know to be a good reader.
What if he or she finds it difficult to learn to read?
We want children to learn to read, however long it takes us to teach them. We will find out very quickly if your child is finding reading difficult. First, we move children to a different group, so that we can make sure that they have learnt what they need to know. If they still struggle, we give them extra time with an adult, on their own. These adults are specially trained to support these children. Your child will still be in the same group with the other children and won’t miss out on any of the class lessons.
If we have any serious worries about your child’s reading, we will talk to you about this.
Some children take a bit longer to learn to put sounds together to read a word, e.g. c-a-t to make the word ‘cat’.
Reading stories to your child
What can you do to help at home?
- Read the same stories aloud again and again
- Read with enthusiasm – love each story
- Use a range of vocabulary with your child.
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