Phonics and Spelling
At Christleton Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach through the Read Write Inc scheme.
From an early age, children at Christleton Primary School will learn to read with accuracy and confidence and develop a love of reading. Through a lively and systematic approach, children will learn to recognise the 44 common graphemes in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). As their confidence in decoding develops they will be taught to comprehend and compose ideas for their own writing. Storybooks will be exciting and matched to their phonic ability to ensure early success in reading.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme. Find out more about RWI using the following link: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/
Why are we using RWI?
Who will be following the programme?
All children in Key Stage Once and EYFS are regularly assessed and put into groups at the appropriate level for them. On completion of the RWI programme, some children will then progress into our normal literacy lessons.
How often will my child read with a teacher?
Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (for example, the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a RWI 'Book Bag Book' that is closely matched to their phonic knowledge and it is still important that you listen to your child read every day.
What are RWI 'Book Bag Books'?
RWI Phonics 'Book Bag Books' are uniquely matched to the RWI Phonics Storybooks and Phonics programme that children are using in their classroom phonics lessons. These engaging fiction and non-fiction Book Bag Books reinforce children's phonic learning at the appropriate level, helping them to read independently through extra practice. Parents, carers and young readers are supported with inside cover notes for making the most of reading time, including pre-reading activities, a vocabulary check and comprehension questions. More information can be found in the following video:
How can I help my child?
Many parents wish to help their child at home to learn to read. When children are learning to read and write, it is much easier to say the sounds in a pure way. This also helps children to segment words in order to be able to spell them.
In order for you to help your child we recommend that you watch the 'Phonemes pronunciation guide DVD' which can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6dSsXkD1wM
At Christleton Primary School, we use Pathways to Spell. Pathways to Spell is an innovative and engaging programme to fascinate pupils about words. It is a research-based series of lessons following a Review, Explain, Practise, Apply and Reflect model. Through this programme, we aim to develop a school of spellers who use a series of strategies in lessons and in their independent writing. Unlike other spelling programmes, there is a cycle of review objectives covering the whole curriculum to ensure gaps in learning are constantly revisited.
Key elements of Pathways to Spell:
How can I help my child at home?
Alongside Pathways to Spell, pupils also have access to Spelling Shed which is an app available on internet ready devices.