Your child will either be accessing one of the Read, Write, Inc Programmes: RWI Phonics, RWI Literacy & Language, RWI Fresh Start. These are highly structured literacy programmes that are designed to help children with reading, writing and phonics and secure their literacy skills.
There will sometimes be home learning related to the work undertaken in class. Please allow your child time to complete this at home.
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Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Reading - Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
Writing - The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know.
They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly.
Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.
Fresh Start teaches students to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. It teaches them to spell correctly and compose their ideas for writing step-by-step.
Reading - Students learn the English alphabetic code: the 150+ graphemes that represent 44 speech sounds.
They experience success from the very beginning. Lively stories and non-fiction texts are both age appropriate and closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and as students
re-read the texts, their fluency increases.
Writing - Students write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to write, using their knowledge of the alphabetic code and the ‘tricky’ words they have learnt.
They learn to write compositions based on their own experiences and ideas from the story, drawing upon new vocabulary and grammar.
Literacy & Language.
There are six units of work for each year group. Each unit is designed to be used over three weeks, but can also be used more flexibly:
Week 1: Reading fiction
Week 2: Writing fiction
Week 3: Reading and writing non-fiction
Children write in a daily log book so writing becomes a habit, recording thoughts, ideas and reactions to the text. Thinking and discussion skills are practised through a daily ‘Big Question’ which children debate.