Read, Write, Inc. Phonics is used as the main scheme for teaching phonics in school. Read, Write, Inc. Phonics is a rigorous and dynamic synthetic phonics programme aimed at creating fluent and enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Children are taught the individual sounds first through a picture the same shape as the letter, for example for ‘a’ there is a picture of an apple and ‘s’ is a picture of a snake. These are called ‘speed sounds’ because we want your children to read them effortlessly. There are 3 sets of sounds. Set 1 contains all of the letters in the alphabet. The first 6 sounds taught are m, a, s, d, t, i, n. Once your child knows these sounds they can start learning to blend the sounds together to read words.
Please read our ‘Parent’s Guide to Developing Early Reading and Writing Skills’ leaflet below for further information on our approaches to teaching phonics, reading and writing.
At Lumley Infant and Nursery School, we believe that all pupils should have access to a wide range of texts and genres to develop their vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading. Pupils are familiar with and enjoy listening to a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts. We promote a love of reading through our extensive library, author visits, regular book fairs and timetables whole class story time sessions.
Every week, pupils have a timetabled session in school, where they have the opportunity to share a text within a small group. This is lead by the class teacher, who supports pupils to develop a range of skills to develop reading accuracy and fluency. Teacher’s also focus on developing pupil’s comprehension skills and love of reading. The text provided is always closely matched to children’s reading and phonic ability and is also sent home each week for children to practice. Read Write Inc. is the main reading scheme that is utilised in school as it is well matched to the phonics scheme taught. However, we have an abundance of reading schemes available in school, which are used to give children breadth and depth to their reading.
Every week, pupils are provided with a library book that they can take home to share with their family. This book is not matched to the children’s reading ability. The purpose of library books is to develop children’s love for reading and to equip all families to a have the opportunity to share a wealth of stories and non-fiction text with their children at home.
Additional Resources to Support at Home:
Lexia Core 5 is a progressive, personalised reading programme that develops their skills in all aspects of reading. Children complete a series of short games. Once they have completed a level they are rewarded with a certificate. Pupils receive their own individual login. Pupils can access Lexia both in school and at home.
Read Write Inc. E-books
Read Write Inc., have recently launched e-Books that can be accessed through the Oxford Owls website. Pupils will been given their own individual login, which they can use to access e-Books at home. At the beginning of each half term, teachers will assign pupils with a bank of books that are matched to their reading ability. These are additional to, and do not replace, the weekly reading book they receive from school. There is no expectation to read an e-Book every week. This is an additional resource available to support your child’s reading development at home. Often, e-Books are a great way to motivate reluctant readers!
Bug Club offers a wide range of highly engaging and stimulating e-Books that can be accessed at home via a computer, iPad or tablet. Pupils will be given their own individual logins so that teachers can assign a bank of texts, matched to their reading ability, on a fortnightly basis. Again this is an additional resource available to support your child’s reading development at home.
Letter-join includes animations of all the letters of the alphabet with a spoken commentary on how to write each letter, using a pre-cursive style. Patterns, Letters and Words can all be watched and traced onscreen. Magic Words lets you trace over your own words on a number of exciting backgrounds and Custom Words lets you input your own words, replay the video and trace over the words for IWB practice.
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