Thank you to all the parents who came to the RWI meetings last term. These gave information about the way we teach Phonics in Read Write Inc lessons. It also gave information about the Phonics Screening Check for Year 1 and some Year 2 children. See below for the Powerpoint that was shared. There is also a link to some Phonics Screening Check assessments from previous years.
To teach phonics we use a scheme called 'Read Write Inc'. Children in Year R, 1 and some children in Year 2, 3 and 4 have been assessed and grouped according to their performance. Teachers and staff who help deliver Phonics are receiving up to date training both in the school and with experienced Read Write Inc trainers at other schools. Our aim is to deliver an even better phonics session each day that is fast paced and has a greater emphasis on Reading books in the Phonics lesson.
The priority, as before, is on reading skills – children should be able identify the sound that a letter (or letters) makes and use this knowledge to blend sounds to make words and to segment words into their component sounds. Teaching children to write the letters that make the sounds is integrated into our daily phonics delivery. Daily lessons incorporate a range of resources, media and interactive activities. Each day, the children will revise previous learning and steadily build their phonic knowledge.
We will be keeping the weekly spelling test as part of the Phonics provision and so children in Years 1 and 2 will continue to bring home spellings to learn. These spellings will link to the sounds they are practising through Read Write Inc.
Parents in Year 2, 3 and 4 who have a Letters and Sounds Phonics pack are kindly asked to return them so that t hey can be altered to suit or RWI programme. Once these new and more relevant packs are made, we will invite parents in to school to collect one for their child.
How to correctly pronounce the phonemes (sounds) taught in phonics.
The video below shows how to correctly pronounce the different sounds that are used in English. It is very important that these sounds are pronounced correctly and how these are taught has changed over time so we would strongly recommend watching the video to make sure that how you teach your children the sounds is the same as how we are teaching them. A good tip is to think about how the sound is pronounced when it is at the end of a word.
Phonics Screening Test Meetings
There will be meetings coming up after Christmas to inform parents of the check which takes place in June for Year 1 and for some Year 2 children.