Reading & Phonics

We use the Read, Write Inc. programme to teach reading and phonics in our early years classes, Year 1 and some children in Year 2. All the children are regularly assessed and grouped according to their current level of phonic knowledge and skill. These groups are fluid and children will move groups throughout the year. Sessions take place daily and are taught by staff trained specifically in the programme.  

We also use the Read, Write, Inc. for children in Key Stage 2 who have gaps in their phonic knowledge, these sessions are taught discreetly by staff trained in the programme.

Children following the Read, Write, Inc programme will bring home at least two corresponding Read, Write Inc books per week which are closely matched to their current phonic knowledge and as such should be fully decodeable. These will be supplemented with a book from our library for children to share with an adult or older sibling. This book will probably not be fully decodeable for your child yet, so the expectation is not for the child to read this book themselves, we encourage you to read this to your child and enjoy the book together. We believe strongly that children will develop a love of reading through experiencing success when reading at home and having quality story time with a wide range of books.

Use the link to learn more about  Read, Write Inc   https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

The best way to help your child achieve well in reading, and indeed across the curriculum, is to hear them read and share and discuss a variety of reading materials as often as you can. We urge you to strive for five times a week. We have a reading reward scheme, where children can earn their Gold or Platinum reading reward at the end of each half term. This is to develop and embed those good reading habits that will help them to be successful in school and beyond. Throughout school, high quality books and other reading resources in the classrooms, along with special events help to inspire and motivate children to read.

The children in Key Stage 2 will move onto Accelerated Reader and will read books that match their reading ability. Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Following a reading test children select a book within their reading range and read the book at their own pace. When finished, the children will take a short quiz on the computer about the book. For every book they read children accumulate words which enables them to move up the word count.

In Key Stage 2 children have regular opportunities to read their reading book, but we do encourage daily reads at home too.

Phonics Screening Check

In Year 1 children have to take the Phonics Screening Check.  This assesses whether the children can segment and blend phonemes in words correctly in order to read.  The check consists of 40 words; 20 pseudo words (non-real/alien words) and 20 real words.  The check is on a 1:1 basis and children must do the check independently. The Phonics Screening Check takes place in June.

The video below is an example of a Phonics Screening Check - take a look:

 

 

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Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 832 3672
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Sarah Davenport

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