Learn to read, read to learn
We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read from Nursery to Year 2 and for some of our children in Year 3. As well as, Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for our children in Years 4 - 6 who need a little extra support. This boosts children’s confidence by matching what they read with the sounds they know using specially created age-appropriate texts.
Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.
All of our staff are expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our head teacher! We gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer.
Our children have daily RWI lessons. The continuity and pace of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading development. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed learning. The children work in small groups according to their confidence and competence. These groups are reorganised on a regular basis in order to match the pace and the progress of each child. We support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one tutoring.
Nonsense words (Alien words)
As well as learning to read and to blend real words, the children meet “Nonsense words.” These words present an opportunity to assess a child’s ability to decode using phonics. Children who can read non-words should have the skills to decode almost any unfamiliar word. Nonsense words will also feature in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.
What is the Phonics Screening Check?
The national Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.
Once the children have graduated from read write inc phonics they will use an online reading programme called MyBookBlog which focuses on the joy of reading. Children read their chosen book online and then can blog about their thoughts and feelings and explore the subject matter. The activities also support them to fully comprehend the text they are reading and learn new vocabulary.
Our children also learn how to tackle comprehension questions using a programme called Cracking Comprehension. Using an interactive whiteboard the children are introduced to a text. The teacher models how to find answers from within the text. The children then work independently to answer the questions themselves, using and applying the strategies taught. Discussion is encouraged so that the children can compare their own answers to the model answer as there may be alternative possible ‘correct’ answers for each question.
Reading for pleasure
We believe in both the importance of developing children’s discrete word reading skills and comprehension, and the need to engender children’s love of books and reading. The two elements are intertwined; each relies on the other if children are to become life-long readers.
We build time for all children to read independently, read aloud and to be read to during the school day. Reading for pleasure gives opportunities to learn about a multitude of things that cannot be covered by a school curriculum.
We also have our very own St Josephs’ VIP’s – volunteers from our local community who come in on a weekly basis to help support our children’s reading.
Reading at home
Children who are supported in their reading at home are more likely to enjoy reading and tend to achieve more highly at school. Try to set aside ten minutes a day to read together. Turn the television off to help your child focus. Do let your child read favourite books over and over again if they want to. Research shows this will help them become more fluent readers. Keep on reading to your child, as well as listening to them read, for as long as they will let you. As well as listening to you reading to them at bedtime, your child can listen to books online. They can have fun playing phonics game apps on your phone. They can help you read text messages. They can go on websites for fun reading activities. There are lots of great ideas out there, from podcasts to treasure hunts to quizzes and puzzles.
Oxford Owls has a free ebook library with over 100 free online books for children between 3 and 11 years old. Click on the link below to access it.
To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin Training website go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents
Read Write Inc. website http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc-programmes/
We use high quality texts as a starting point for writing. We consider the purpose for our writing and children are encouraged to understand who their audience is.
We discuss the vocabulary and grammatical features in the texts used to help develop our own writing. As a class we generate a toolkit for writing. We use our working walls to aid our writing.
In year 6 our children have been advocates for change! They have spoken about current issues in the world and written speeches. They have shown great maturity in addressing Global issues!