Reading and Phonics
As a school we follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme and which is showing great Impact in our reading and understanding of phonics from Foundation Stage up to Year 5.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a comprehensive literacy programme designed to get all of our infants and in some cases the junior children reading and writing quickly. Importantly, phonics is not taught in isolation.
Initial and on-going assessment tracks every child’s progress. Children are grouped by ability so they learn rapidly at the right level. Partner work means every child participates in the whole lesson.
Our special ‘three reads’ approach ensures every child gains accuracy, fluency and a good understanding of the text.
All our staff are well trained in the delivery of Read Write Inc.
All children read on a weekly basis, this may be individual or guided reading. Children to a range of adults including their class teacher or our support staff who have a wealth of experience in supporting childrens reading. Children read a range of texts from a range of published reading schemes. All our reading books are book banded to ensure children are reading at an appropriate stage not age. The reading scheme books are linked to the national curriculum levels, from September 2015 these will be linked to the schools own assessment policy in line with assessing without levels. Our children also have weekly access to the school library where the children are encouraged to read for pleasure. Foundation stage and keystage 1 also make regular visits to the local library in South Elmsall.
Approaches to Literacy
Once the children have accessed the Read Write Inc. Phonics and have attained a Level 2A in reading the children then join their teachers to take part in Literacy and Language. This builds on their learning from Read Write Inc. Phonics.
Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language is a complete literacy programme for fluent readers - all children in Years 2 to Year 6 read, write and discuss texts with maturity. The programme is totally aligned to the new National Curriculum in a fun and meaningful way. Literacy and Language:
- Gives every child a deep understanding of what they read using the special 'three reads' approach
- Fully prepares every child for writing using a planning, drafting and revising method
- Teaches grammar in context so that children can apply it seamlessly in their own writing
- Supports the grammar and punctuation aspects of the Key Stage 1 and 2 tests
- Includes practice tests to build confidence prior to statutory assessment
- Creates articulate speakers where children justify their answers and learn how to debate