Phonics, Reading and Writing
In Early Years and Key Stage One, children learn to read and write through the Read Write Inc. Phonics and RWI Literacy and Language programme. Further details of the Read Write Inc. programme for parents can be found at http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ where tutorial videos are available for parents to support their children’s reading at home.
Once proficient in these skills, pupils in Year 2, and throughout Key Stage 2, continue to develop their skills of reading and writing using the RWI Literacy and Language programme.
In Year 3 and 4, pupils who need additional phonics support continue with Read Write Inc sessions and in Year 5 and 6, pupils work on the Fresh Start programme of work. The aim of these programmes is to support the children and develop their skills in order that they can work at the necessary level as soon as possible.
We have a wide variety of reading books for the children to read, taken from various schemes in order for children to read a wide range of texts. All books are banded in levels. Children have books available to them in their classrooms in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
In Key Stage 2 children get their books from the library. Here, books are banded in the same way as lower in the school. The children have to complete our colour coded scheme in order to become a 'free reader'.
Struggling readers are identified early and placed on intervention programmes (including RWInc 1:1 and Project X Code).
We strongly encourage children to continue their reading at home.
Every class in the school has a timetabled library time each week. These sessions are to encourage the enjoyment of reading.
Within literacy sessions, classes will share texts together and the teacher will model good reading.
From Foundation Stage, through Year 1 and into Year 2, Read Write Inc is the main method for the delivery of writing skills as part of the planned programme of activities.
Once children are secure in their phonological awareness they move onto RWI Literacy and Language (from Year 2 onwards) Pupils' writing is further enhanced by using language features which are included in their writing, as developed by Alan Peat.