Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn. 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. We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. This year we have implemented the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme to give your child the best possible start. Please take some time to read this page as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.
What is Read, Write, Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a complete phonics and literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension and vocabulary. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at Dane Royd we begin to introduce the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children as an intervention beyond the age of 7 if they still require support in their reading. RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.
Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. 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.
How will RWI be taught?
All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher so they are grouped with children at the same level. This allows lessons to be pitched at the correct level and ensures full participation.
When appropriate, children will be introduced to the letter sounds and picture cues. They will be encouraged to use speaking and listening skills as they are immersed in a wide range of high quality stories.
Reception & Year 1
In Reception children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. They then access short age appropriate texts daily. In Year 1 children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex/alternative sounds and read longer books appropriate to their reading level.
Learn letter sounds and the corresponding letters using simple picture prompts
Learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
Read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
Develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions
Learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
Learn to write words by using Fred Talk and Fred Fingers
Learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write
Answer every question
Practise every activity with their partner
Take turns in talking and reading to each other
Develop ambitious vocabulary
Once children become fluent speedy readers the RWI session will be replaced with a standard English lesson.
Read, Write Inc Terminology
At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words!
The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q
To help at home:
Your child will start to bring books home when they are confident at reading the sounds they know. Please find time to listen to them read, have patience and give lots of praise!
We have a full range of new and engaging books to share at home.
Useful websites for parents:
Please find a list of websites that offer games and fun activities: