At Riverside 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 (phonics), and then blending them
together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into
individual sounds in order to write them.
How it works
The children are assessed 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 skills and
storytelling 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
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'
Read Write Inc allows the children to spell effortlessly so that they can put
their energy into working out what they want to write.
When using 'Read Write Inc' to write the children will:
Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
Learn to write words by sounding them out and then writing the corresponding
Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences
Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts
Compose stories based on picture strips.
When using 'Read Write Inc' the children work in pairs to:
Answer questions to practise every activity
Take turns talking to each other
Give positive praise to each other.
Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the
Speed Sound sets
(shown further down the page).
Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat
Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can, and then to
blend the sounds together to say the whole word.
Set 1 sounds
Set 2 sounds
Set 3 sounds
Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, rhymes etc).
Discuss the different features of various books.
Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared.
Explain the meaning of new words.
Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories and
reading a range of texts.e.g. reading and then following a recipe together
Don't forget you don't have to read just books, cereal packets, shopping lists, road
signs, web pages, magazines, newspapers etc are useful ways to practise reading.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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