The Teaching of Phonics
At Kexborough Primary School we use a synthetic phonics programme called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. Children are assessed for the Read Write Inc programme from FS2. Whilst accessing Read Write Inc, children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent and enthusiastic readers.
The five key principles that underpin all the teaching in all Read Write Inc. Programmes are:
The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a teacher or teaching assistant on the Read Write Inc programme. Approximately every half term, the children will be assessed again and put into new groups. In addition to the Read Write Inc programme the children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own class teacher.
When using RWI to read the children will:
Phonics Screening Check
The national phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of pupils' phonics knowledge.
Who is it for?
All Year 1 pupils take the phonics screening check during June. Year 2 pupils who didn’t pass the phonics screening check when they were in Year 1 are given another opportunity to take it in Year 2.
What is in the screening check?
The check comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words. It assesses phonics skills and knowledge learnt in reception and Year 1. Pupils read one-to-one with the class teacher and they are asked to sound out a word and blend the sounds together. The check is very similar to the tasks the pupils complete during phonics lessons. In total, the check lasts approximately 10 minutes.
What are nonsense words and why are they used?
These are words that are phonetically decodable but are not actual words with an associated meaning e.g. brip, snorb. They are used in the check to assess whether pupils can decode a word using phonic skills and not their memory. The nonsense words are shown to pupils alongside a picture of an alien and they are asked what the alien’s name is – this helps to provide a context for the nonsense word
Since the introduction of the phonics screening check, children have need to achieve 32 / 40 to show that they have reached the expected standard.
.Details from gov.uk can be found by clicking the link below
For information, the 2015 Phonics Screening Check can be found by clicking the link below
Once children have completed the Read Write Inc phonics scheme the teaching and learning of reading is continued through Guided Reading sessions. These sessions happen daily in class between 9:30 and 10:00. Guided reading is an approach which enables the teacher, or teaching assistant, to work with a small group of children to read, think and talk about an unfamiliar text. Children are grouped, by ability, and will focus upon a specific text for a number of weeks which will support them in achieving specific learning objectives.
When children are not working with an adult they will be completing independent activities which will either continue the learning that was started with an adult or to prepare them for a future focused session with an adult.
Teaching and learning in guided reading is planned based upon the curriculum for each year group. The documents used by teachers, both to plan and assess learning in guided reading, can be found below.
In 2016 / 17 we have been looking at a novel study approach and have used this as an alternative to guided reading. The main difference between the two approaches is that a novel study sees the whole class reading the same text whereas in guided reading the texts vary between the groups. Follow up work in a novel study, as in guided reading, is differentiated to meet the learning needs of the children.