Overview

At Holy Trinity we use the Read, Write Inc. (RWI) programme to teach phonics in KS1. This is a systematic teaching of synthetic phonics and is a highly successful way of developing children’s reading, spelling and language.

Phonics is an approach to teaching reading and spelling that enables a child to identify, blend and segment the individual ‘phonemes’ or sounds that combine to form words. The term synthetic phonics refers to the direct, systematic and usually swift teaching of the phonic code; blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. The materials and resources that we use to do this are from the phonics programme Read, Write Inc. The children learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts and rhymes. These sounds enable children to initially blend the sounds together to read. They do this by reading lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out. After meaningful discussion led by an adult, children show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

In Read, Write Inc. we use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that the pupils will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

We have a phonics expert: Fred the Frog who can do this beautifully!

When we say words in sounds we call it ‘Fred Talk’, e.g. d-o-g, c-at.

Children are grouped across Reception and Key Stage One into Read, Write Inc. groups of similar levels of attainment. They have a Read, Write Inc. sessions every day for up to 30 minutes (20 minutes in Nursery and Reception and 30 minutes in KS1), practising recall of sounds, learning new sounds and applying this learning to reading and spelling.

In Year One children will complete a Phonics Screening Check. This is a statutory test set by the government. Children are given 20 words and 20 pseudo-words (nonsense) made up of the 44 sounds children learn within Read, Write Inc. The results of these tests are published nationally and highlighted to parents at the end of the academic year.

The reading scheme that is being developed at Holy Trinity contains a range of books, including Read, Write Inc. phonics books. These books are closely matched to ensure that children’s reading progresses at a steady rate. Your child’s teacher will assess your child’s reading and match their reading books in accordance with this.

We ask all children across the school to read at home as often as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher.