A quote from English writer Jeanette Winterson sums up our
approach to reading perfectly:
'Teach a child to read and keep that child
reading and you will change everything. And I mean everything.'
Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the
Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. They progress onto Read Write
Inc. Literacy and Language and Read Write Inc. Spelling once they
can read with accuracy and speed.
Read Write Inc. Phonics
The programme is for:
- Pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
In Read Write Inc. Phonics pupils:
- 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.
In addition, we teach pupils to work effectively with a partner
to explain and consolidate what they are learning. This provides the
teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on
difficulties, such as pupils' poor articulation, or problems with
blending or alphabetic code knowledge.
We group pupils homogeneously, according to their progress in
reading rather than their writing. This is because it is known that
pupils' progress in writing will lag behind progress in reading,
especially for those whose motor skills are less well developed.
In Year R we emphasise the alphabetic code. The pupils rapidly
learn sounds and the letter or groups of letters they need to
represent them. Simple mnemonics help them to grasp this quickly.
This is especially useful for pupils at risk of making slower
progress. This learning is consolidated daily. Pupils have frequent
practice in reading high frequency words with irregular spellings -
common exception words.
We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to
their increasing knowledge of phonics and the common exception
words. This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain
confidence that they are readers. Re-reading and discussing these
books with the teacher supports their increasingly fluent decoding.
Alongside this, the teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry
and non-fiction to pupils; they are soon able to read these texts
Embedding the alphabetic code early on means that pupils quickly
learn to write simple words and sentences. We encourage them to
compose each sentence aloud until they are confident to write
independently. We make sure they write every day.
Pupils write at the level of their spelling knowledge. The quality
of the vocabulary they use in their writing reflects the language
they have heard in the books the teacher has read to them; they have
also discussed what the words mean.
Our aim is for pupils to complete the phonics programme as quickly
as possible. The sooner they complete it, the sooner they will be
able to choose books to read at their own interest and comprehension
Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language, and Spelling Read Write
Inc. Literacy and Language is for:
- Pupils in Year 2 who have completed Read Write Inc. Phonics.
Read Write Inc. Spelling is for:
-Pupils in Year 2 who can read with accuracy (they recognise the
alternative graphemes for sounds).
In Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language pupils:
- Develop a deep understanding of what they read: complete texts
by leading authors are introduced using a three-step approach
- Learn grammar in context allowing pupils to use it with
understanding: grammar banks are provided to support teacher
- Learn to articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly to one
another: they learn how to present and debate; to reason and justify
- Learn to write confidently by following our highly supportive
three step approach, building upon the story or non-fiction text
they have studied
- Write every day.
Once children complete the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme they
are taught in their year group using Read Write Inc. Literacy and
Language. This integrates reading, writing, thinking, and spoken
language in all activities, to ensure the daily development of
children's comprehension and wider literacy skills. At the heart of
Literacy and Language is the enjoyment of and engagement with a
variety of texts. Pupils are encouraged to take their own meaning
from each text, becoming independent and critical thinkers.
Comprehension activities are designed to help children to infer,
summarise, question, clarify, predict and argue a point of view. The
children also make connections between texts and their own
Pupils are taught the importance of using grammar correctly, so they
can communicate clearly and convey their meaning effectively.
Comprehensive guidance for teachers, supported by engaging Software,
Pupils' Book and Homework Book activities allows grammar to be
taught explicitly, consolidated, practised and taught implicitly
through the reading activities. All grammar is taught within the
context of the texts being studied to ensure it is meaningful for
Pupils are taught to articulate their thoughts and ideas out loud
and to communicate what they know and understand. Pupils answer
every question with a partner, comment on each other's ideas,
clarify each other's thinking, and build upon each other's thoughts
and ideas. The teacher asks questions to take their thinking further
and clears up any misconceptions. Partner discussion helps teachers
assess what and how pupils are learning throughout the lesson.
Teachers also read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction
to pupils. Pupils are encouraged to choose books to read at their
own interest and comprehension level.