At Mevagissey Primary School we use a synthetic phonics programme to teach reading called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. As children progress and can decode fluently they move onto the Literacy and Language scheme which develops children’s comprehension, vocabulary, writing, critical thinking and discussion skills and grammar – in a fun and meaningful way.
Read Write Inc Phonics is a method of teaching reading which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonemes), and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them (graphemes).
How it works
The children are assessed at the start of the academic year and grouped according to their ability.
They work in small groups with a reading teacher.
At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again. In addition to the Read Write Inc programme the children will also be working on writing and storytelling skills in their classes with their own class teacher.
Using Read Write Inc the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.
When using 'Read Write Inc' to read the children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- Learn to read words by blending the sounds together
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
- Show that they understand the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove it' discussion questions.
Children learn to build words from individual sounds and blending the sounds together in sequence.
(individual sounds shown further down the page).
Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat
Encourage children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can, and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.
Novel Study Shared Reading
In KS1, Each class has a carefully selected Novel study that we use throughout the half term for our shared reading sessions. The children are encouraged to read out aloud, share exciting parts of the story with each other and discuss the novel as a group. Each session is guided by a supportive adult who encourages children to read by using their knowledge of sounds and blending techniques taught during Read Write Inc sessions. The novel is also used as our stimulus for our writing so we jump in with both feet to immerse our self in fantastic language and stories!
Guided reading takes place three times a week through a carousel of exciting activities. The sessions aim to enhance the development of reading skills taught through Read Write Inc. We use VIPERS (reading prompts) to ensure the children are aware the six different ways they can learn to comprehend what they have read. During each session, the children experience a new reading station with differentiated activities such as video comprehension, group novel study with an adult or cracking comprehension guided by their teacher.
Once our children have completed Read Write Inc, they are introduced to the school’s Accelerated Reader Programme. Accelerated Reader offers children an additional reading challenge whilst tracking the reading of each child. Children select books at their targeted level and complete a quiz to assess how well they have understood the content.
We aim for children to achieve a pass rate of 80% on each quiz however, adults are always on hand to reassure children should this not be achieved. Each child’s progress is monitored by their teacher and English Coordinator to ensure they are reaching their full potential.
Click below for the parent’s guide to accelerated reader.
In school, we aim to instil a lifelong love of reading within our children. We therefore, encourage every child to read an exciting book or piece of text of their choice at home each night. Parents are kindly asked to record each time their child has read in there reading record which is rewarded with a sticker. Children are then able to move their name up our Class Reading Chart to record their home reads each term. The chart contributes towards a whole class reward – listening to our favourite stories whilst munching on delicious popcorn!
Reading at home not only supports children’s progress and development but also strengthens the bond with adults who are invested in engaging with their children. Click on the picture below to get some tips on how to support children with reading at home.
Regarding RWI, the children are assessed at the start of the academic year and grouped according to their ability.
They work in small groups with a RWI reading teacher and at the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again. This is alongside regular assessments conducted by the reading teacher where 1:1 support is offered through afternoon intervention if needed by RWI trained staff.
Throughout the whole school we also focus on the bottom 20% of each class and ensure they are supported in their reading at least 3 times, 1:1 each week. This is also on top of their normal, targeted class guided reading sessions.
ICT Games - www.ictgames.com/literacy
Phonics Play - www.phonicsplay.co.uk
BBC Bitesize KS1 - www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/