The use of phonics is one of the many skills needed to be a reader and writer. At Elworth, our intention is to teach high quality phonics to ensure that the children have the best possible start in reading and writing, equipping them with the skills required to access the wider curriculum. Our children learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read, Write Inc. speed sounds phonics and reading programme. We teach fast paced and lively phonics sessions. We place early reading and writing at the heart of our curriculum so that children have multiple opportunities to help them practise and apply their phonics knowledge so that every child feels successful and has their success celebrated.
In Read, Write, Inc Phonics, children:
- Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills.
- Read common exception words on sight
- Understand what they read
- Read aloud with fluency and expression
- Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
- Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
- Acquire good handwriting
- Read books that are closely matched to their developing phonics ability.
Children are taught phonics and reading for 40 minutes per day. Children are in small groups led by a trained Teacher or Teaching Assistant. All staff are trained and empowered to deliver high quality phonics and reading sessions and receive regular professional development opportunities from the Phonics Lead. All staff follow a planned, systematic programme building on previous learning to secure progress. Children read daily as part of this small group, on a 3-day structure. The first day focuses on using phonics to decode. The second day is based around building fluency and expression and on the third day the focus is comprehension. Children take home a Read Write Inc Book Bag Book that uses the same phonics sounds as the book in the reading session, so that children are able to make good progress by practising reading books that are familiar to them. In addition to the daily phonics session, we operate additional target groups for children who need additional support.