Early Reading and Phonics
At our school, we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.
We can achieve this together through:
Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school.
Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school.
Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home.
At Hintlesham and Chattisham we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy.
Read Write Inc is a method of teaching phonics and reading, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.
How does RWI work in our school?
All children are assessed regularly by their teachers so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons. They work in their small groups led by enthusastic and committed teachers and teaching assistants every day.
At the end of each half term the children are assessed to check they have made progress and will be grouped again.
During our RWI sessions the children will:
Learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.
Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
Learn to read words using Fred Talk.
Learn to read words by blending the sounds together.
Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
Show that they understand the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove it' discussion questions.
When using 'Read Write Inc' the children work in pairs to:
Answer questions to practise every activity.
Take turns talking to each other.
Give positive praise to each other.
Five key principles underpin the teaching in all RWI sessions:
Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.