At Hillary, we believe that 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:
All children’s phonic knowledge is assessed half-termly and this assessment is used to group them with class sizes varying from 4-30 children. RWI lessons are taught on a daily basis for between 30 minutes – 1 hour depending on the age of the child. All groups are taught by teachers and teaching assistants trained to the same level in RWI.
RWI focuses on success from the very beginning. Books are closely matched to their developing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’/’red’ words (that cannot be sounded out) and, as they re-read stories, their fluency increases.
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 frequently practise handwriting: sitting at a table comfortably, then learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabularly and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.
The children work in pairs so that they:
Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.
When we teach children the sounds needed to be able to read, we use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! we call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.
Set 1 Sounds are taught in an order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.
The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of Set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.
As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.