Here at Templemoor Infant and Nursery School, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
All of the children are taught in groups according to their reading ability, for a daily lesson lasting half an hour, which will focus on phonics and reading. Each group is led by either a teacher or teaching assistant who has been trained to deliver the programme. Children in the Reception Class stay within their own class. We want all of our children to become confident and fluent readers and so it is important that we put all of our energies into making sure that every child has support at their level to make sure that they can make good progress. The children will be continually assessed so that we can ensure that teaching matches their needs; some children will quickly move up the groups whilst others will need time to consolidate what they have learnt before they move onto the next level.
The Read Write Inc Manager at Templemoor Infant and Nursery School is Mrs Buckley. If you have any questions or need any guidance on the programme, please pop into the school office or give them a call and they will arrange an appointment for you.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts.
- Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk).
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' questions.
Help your child learn to read words by sounding out and blending (Fred talk) e.g. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set. Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.
Learn how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3 with 5 year-old Sylvie.
Year 1 Phonic Screening Check
During the Summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need further support in Year 2. The test is low-key and we endeavour to make it stress-free for the children. Essentially, the children are asked to read 40 words from a list, using their phonics to ‘sound out’ the word and then blend it if they need to. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report.