Read Write Inc, Our Phonics Approach
At Priestmead, we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.
We can achieve this together through:
- Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school
- Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
- Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home.
At Priestmead we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy.
Phonics is used to teach children how to decode, blend and learn to read. The Read Write Inc approach is a nationally recognised model. At Priestmead, we take the 4 classes in Reception/Year 1 and split them into 9, 10 or 11 smaller groups to target children to enable accelerated progress. Children are reassessed every 6-9 weeks and groups changed accordingly.
Our vision is that every child is confident in phonics so they can access reading, the curriculum and more importantly the world around them.
It is a huge financial investment having such small groups, but we believe in the importance of knowing how to read.
The Phonics Screening Check
During the Summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need further support in Year 2. The test is low-key and we endeavour to make it stress-free for the children. Essentially, the children are asked to read 40 words from a list, using their phonics to ‘sound out’ the word and then blend it if they need to. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report.
Practicing Phonics at Home
Please click here to access Oxford Owl for Home. Here you can find lots of free resources to support your child’s learning.