At Norham St Ceolwulf's we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using Fred Talk
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to write the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- write simple sentences
Each week children accessing the RWInc scheme in school will recieve a home reader specifically designed for the set of sounds they are learning at the time. The books are designed to build confidence and fluency, so developing young readers skills and knowledge. In addition like all other children they will recieve a mediated home reader from the Oxford Tree Scheme, this again will contain the some of the sounds they are learning, but will also have other sounds. The mediated book is designed to read with the support of an adult, thereby allowing the child to see the value of reading and enjoy the learning experience with family.
Please click on the link below to view a parent introduction to phonics:
Please click on the link below to view a video explaining how we use Read Write Inc to teach phonics:
Please click on the link below to view a video showing the correct pronunciations of Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds: