At Keyham Barton we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics is the foundation for learning which makes the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words, blend sounds to read words and support their spelling. The teaching of phonics has a high priority.
At Keyham we use the Department of Education approved scheme, Read, Write Inc (R.W.I.), for our teaching of phonics. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from E.Y.F.S. to Year 2. We want every child to be a confident, fluent reader by the end of Key Stage One.
How do we teach RWI phonics?
Read Write Inc learning to read at home - https://www.ruthmiskin.com/parentsandcarers/
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
- read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
- work well with partners
- develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions.
- learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
- learn to write words by using Fred Talk.
The children work in pairs so that they:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in talking and reading to each other
- develop ambitious vocabulary
- say the sound that is represented by each letter of group of letters
- sound out the word, e.g. d--o-g, ch-a-t, s-p-r-ay, b-ea-t
Red and Green Words
Within all the books children will have red and green words to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.