Phonics

Phonics and Early Reading

Our school uses Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 and 4 who need to catch up Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child. For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go  to: http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/oxed/primary/literacy/rwi/NewOfstedFrameworkRWIPhonics.pdf?region=uk 

Spelling for our children in Years 2 to 6 

Read Write Inc. Spelling embeds impressive skills in just 15 minutes a day, quickly and effectively filling the gaps in children’s knowledge. To keep children engaged, aliens introduce spelling rules on an exciting online spelling planet and children complete quick-fire activities in their spelling logs. Progress is accurately recorded using practice tests and teachers learn how to move children on quickly. For more information on Read Write Inc. Spelling go to: http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/oxed/primary/literacy/rwi/rwi_spelling_faqs.pdf?region=uk 

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place in June.  The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one-to-one with a class teacher. It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. 

It will check that your child can: 

  • sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words, e.g. n-igh-t 
  • read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill
  • read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’. 

Parent information sessions on Phonics and the screening check will be held in the Autumn and Spring terms.  In the Spring term we also provide a phonics after-school club, where parents are welcome to attend with their child. These sessions are run by the phonics leader and year 1 teachers.

Useful Links

www.oxfordowl.co.uk 
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning. You’ll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life. You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.

www.bookstart.co.uk
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.

www.jollylearning.co.uk/parent-teacher-guide
The Parent/Teacher Guide provides background information on the Jolly Phonics programme and also suggests products that would be suitable for use in the home.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm
Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home. 

Department for Education

Apps 

  • Phonicsplay 
  • Twinkl