At Prendergast Primary, we have been amazed by the way that children, staff and parents have taken on board the 'Read Write Inc. Phonics' programme over the last 2 years.
Children start on the programme in the final term of Nursery. The Phonics programme is delivered to children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. Some children in Year 3 and Year 4 are still following the programme to ensure that their phonic awareness is secure before moving onto the 'Literacy & Language' programme, which is delivered in classes up to Year 6.
Both the Read, Write Inc. Phonics programme and the Read, Write Inc! Literacy & Language programmes support our creative and engaging curriculum by providing children with the reading skills needed to access all other areas of the curriculum. Children become competent readers, able to use their skills now and in later life:
· Phonics – The individual sounds in reading. Children learn a new sounds every day or go over sounds that they know.
· Segmenting – Children practise using an activity called 'Fred Fingers' to find out how many sounds there in words, listen to individual sounds and rehearse breaking down unfamiliar words.
· Blending – Children put individual sounds together to make full words.
· Spelling – Children learn to use Fred Fingers to help them spell words as well as hear and see them.
· Reading – Children read books that contain green (blendable) and red (not blendable) words. They rehearse these words, syllables and word roots, as well as any tricky new vocabulary before attempting to read the book. Reading is all about confidence, flow and success with the Read Write Inc. programme. Children will read the book at least three times, concentrating on different aspects of reading each time: The mechanics, expression in reading, and questions about the story.
The children will still bring home Oxford Reading Tree Books when we feel they are ready. Once off the Phonics programme, children will have a wider choice of real books to choose from. At home, the most important thing about reading is the experience. If your child is reading, they should be able to read the text with ease - showing you what they can do. Praise your child for what they can do. Please do also read books from the library, or request a sharing book from the school to read at home. These books can be far more complicated as they will be read by an adult. It is an opportunity to introduce your child to interesting and varied vocabulary.
To hear how you should pronounce the pure sounds as in the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, please view the videos below. We do not recommend following any additional links once the videos finish and cannot be held responsible for their content.
Read Write Inc Phonics SET 1 SET 2 SET 3 – A Link to a copy of all of the sounds and their accompanying rhymes.
Click here to download a list of the handwriting rhymes – Set One Sounds only.
A guide to reading with younger children. Some common sense here, but well worth a read.