Our Phonic Manager is Mrs Brown. If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
"Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and we will change everything. And I mean everything". Jeanette Winterson
We use the Read, Write Inc. Phonics Scheme to teach reading.
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 regardless of background, needs or abilities. Children are immersed in books from the moment they enter school and reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We are dedicated to enabling children to become lifelong readers. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure that children develop a love of reading as well as simply learning to read.
The video below provides a great introduction to what phonics is, and why your child is learning to read with phonics using the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. Please click on the Read, Write, Inc. logo to find out even more about the scheme that we use, as well as ways in which you can support phonics and reading at home.
How will my child be taught to read?
In Nursery our children develop a love of reading through enticing story and poetry times. Children are immersed in role play, discussion, building sentences and rich vocabulary. Children are taught to say the sounds of letters with the help of Read, Write, Inc. mnemonics.
Structured daily phonics lessons begin in Reception. This means that children 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’ (we call them Red 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 to develop their writing.
How are the Read, Write, Inc. sessions organised?
Children in Reception and Year One are split into four groups per year group (children usually stay in their own year groups) and have a daily Read, Write, Inc. phonics lesson that lasts for 30 minutes. Children usually work through the scheme by the end of Year One or by the end of the first term in Year Two. Children then move onto reading and comprehension groups which take place three times per week. By the end of Year 2, the majority of children are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.
All our staff have been trained to teach reading in the way we do it in this school, following the Read, Write, Inc. method. We believe that it is very important that all the teachers and teaching assistants work in the same way. Senior teachers watch other teachers teaching to make sure that the children are learning in the way that we want them to learn.
How will I know how well my child is doing?
Children are assessed and grouped according to their phonic knowledge by the Phonics Manager, Mrs Brown. Children are then re-assessed every six to eight weeks. Ongoing assessment means that groups can be adjusted to ensure the best possible progress for each child. Each child reads books that best matches their phonic knowledge. Assessment quickly identifies any child who is falling behind the programme’s pace so that targeted support can be given immediately. In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. Further information about the check can be found at the bottom of this page.
“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows they can read printed words!” - Betty Smith
We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck. When children can blend in their head (without sounding out each letter) we say they can 'Fred in their head'!
The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets. These sounds can be downloaded below:
"Reading feeds the imagination, it expands horizons and offers new and exciting ways of seeing and making sense of our lives and of the world around us". Michael Morpurgo
Reception and Year One
In addition to Read Write Inc. phonics lessons children have a guided reading session once a week. Children are grouped according to phonic ability. There are approx. 4-7 children in each group. The teacher teaches specific reading skills and reinforces aspects of reading which have been taught in the Read, Write Inc. lesson. It is also when children demonstrate their understanding and development as readers and when the teacher assesses this.
Children read a text which is closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge. In the early stages of reading this may be teaching sounds, using a Read, Write, Inc. sound blending book, ditty book or a Read, Write, Inc. storybook. Children then go on to read a range of progressive book banded books, again closely matched to the group’s phonics knowledge.
Children have a guided reading session once a week. Children are grouped according to phonic and reading ability. The teacher teaches specific reading skills. It is also when children demonstrate their understanding and development as readers and when the teacher assesses this. Where appropriate children read a text which is closely matched to the group’s developing phonic knowledge. Teachers then go on to select from a range of progressive book banded books to ensure that children’s reading progresses at a steady rate.
We further develop and actively promote reading and a love of reading through the schools Core Book approach.
Each Year group has been allocated a set of texts which they are encouraged to read together, read for pleasure and revisit time again. There are multiple copies of each chosen text across the classes. This ensures systematic exposure to a range of quality texts, authors and genre throughout their time at school. At Templemoor, Core Books become a common base of books which we all know well, our own little internal library to draw from! The list of Core Books available in each class can be dowloaded below.
We value support in reading from our parents. Reading books are sent home when children are beginning to blend and are closely matched to children’s developing phonic knowledge. Children begin by following the Read, Write, Inc. scheme and then move on to book banded books. We ask that children read for 10-15 minutes each day. Read, Write, Inc. phonic books are changed weekly and book banded books can be changed daily. Our Reading Framework can be downloaded below. This gives a guide as to what your child will be taking home at each stage of their reading journey.
Please remember that reading is not a race, it is a journey. Children learn at different rates just as they learn to walk and dress themselves. If children are rushed through books they will not achieve the enjoyment and understanding necessary. Books that children find too difficult will soon put them off reading.
Enjoy reading with your child and help them to become lifelong readers.
Things to Remember
1. Do hear your child read every day for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Little and often is more beneficial than a long session a week.
3. Do remember to sign your child's reading record.
4. Reading records need to be in school every day, so it is good practise to always keep it in your child's book bag.
“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”- Dr. Seuss
And finally, Read Write Inc. Phonics is designed by Ruth Miskin. You can follow Ruth on Twitter or Facebook, which will give you access to further information such as top tips for reading, video tutorials and reading advice. Click on the links below. Happy reading, and remember....
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis