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 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.

At Mount Charles School we love reading and promote a reading culture. We want the children to enjoy discovering where a book can take them! We believe that reading is the key to unlocking learning in all subjects and encourage daily reading at home as well as in the classroom.
We have a wide variety of reading books for the children to read, all closely matched to the children’s decoding ability. All books are colour banded in levels. In addition to this, we have home readers for children in the earliest stages of learning phonics in our Read, Write, Inc. lessons, which complement the learning taking place in school. Children begin to take books home in Reception as soon as they are blending independently. We encourage children to read at home daily – we believe that little and often is the best diet for developing independence in reading.
Children have a range of interesting and exciting books available to them in their classrooms in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, including books related to their Cornerstones topics and English learning journeys.
Children read daily and each class in KS2 enjoy a class novel. These are displayed outside classrooms. A variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are taught across the school in English lessons.
In Key Stage 2 the children’s reading level (ZPD) is given to them after an online test on Accelerated Reader. They then go to the library where all books are in a clearly labelled system. The children can choose a book within their ZPD numbers. After finishing a book the children take a multiple choice quiz. Our target is for the children to reach at least 85% on each quiz.
Children are given a new ZPD each half term.
Struggling readers are identified early and placed on intervention programmes (including RWI phonics, 1:1 reading and Project X Code guided reading).
Below are links to lists of recommended reads for all year groups. There are a mixture of classic and modern tales and they are by no means exhaustive lists – if you would like to recommend a book, or have a shared a good story with your child, then let your class teacher know and we can add this to the list.
Obviously, you know your children best and we recommend that you check that you feel the book is suitable for your child. (Often Amazon and iBook let you read a sample before buying.)
Following this is a sheet with a few tips on how to enjoy books at home and some examples of questions that you might like to ask when reading. Try to ask a range of comprehension questions, and challenge your child by asking inference and deduction style questions.
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.