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Read, Write Inc

At King David Primary School we are embarking on a new phonics adventure with Read Write Inc. We want to offer your child the best possible start to becoming independent readers. Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

 

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help your child to read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home

 

We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.

Mrs McClellan-Bogue is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.

 

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based english programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However some children will need to access this programme beyond the age of 7 to meet individual needs.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.

How will RWI be taught?

Children will be taught to:

  • Decode effortlessly
  • Spell and handwrite with ease
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Comprehend what they read
  • Write confidently using oral rehearsal
  • Work effectively with a partner to articulate their learning at every step.

All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher and the reading team. 

 

Reception

In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. 

 

Reading

The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • 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 

 

Writing

The children:

  • 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 
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write  

 

Talking

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

 

Year One & Year Two 

Children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for one hour. Most children should complete the programme by the end of year 2 if not earlier.

 

Enabling our children to become:

  • Confident speakers,
  • Fluent and enthusiastic readers,
  • Keen writers

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:  

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

 

Children will be taught how to read as follows:

Before you start to teach your child, practise saying the sounds below. These are the sounds we use to speak in English.

 

Fred Talk

 

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’, ’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily. 

At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! we call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.

 

The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q

 

The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets.

 

Step 1:

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.

 

Set 1

Sound

Rhyme

m

Down Maisie then over the two mountains. Maisie, mountain, mountain. 

a

Round the apple, down the leaf. 

s

Slide around the snake 

d

Round the dinosaur's back, up his neck and down to his feet.

t

Down the tower, across the tower,

i

Down the insects body, dot for the head. 

n

Down Nobby and over the net. 

p

Down the plait, up and over the pirates face.

g

Round the girls face, down her hair and give her a curl

o

All around the orange

c

Curl around the caterpillar

k

Down the kangaroos body, tail and leg

u

Down and under the umbrella, up to the top and down to the puddle

b

Down the laces, over the toe and touch the heel

f

Down the stem and draw the leaves

e

Slice into the egg, go over the top, then under the egg

l

Down the long leg

h

Down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

sh 

Slither down the snake, then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

r

Down the robot's back, then up and curl

j

Down his body, curl and dot

v

Down a wing, up a wing

y

Down a horn, up a horn and under the yak's head.

w

Down, up, down, up the worm.

th 

Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

z

Zig-zag-zig, down the zip.

ch 

Curl around the caterpillar, , then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

qu 

Round the queen’s head, up to her crown, down her hair and curl

x

Cross down the arm and leg and cross the other way

ng 

A thing on a string 

nk

I think I stink

Please do not use letter names at this early stage.

Click here to hear how to pronounce sounds correctly.

 

For more support you can also visit:

www.facebook.com/miskin.education

 

Free e-books for home reading and further support:

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/

Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound

Set 1 Parent Booklet

Read Write Inc. Set 1 mini flash cards

Set 1 Speed Sound Session- letter 'm'

https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/rSvygmoD/q1IESC71 

Green words

 'Green' words are phonetically decodable words that the children learn to read. They allow children to become fluent readers because regular reading of these words mean that they become familiar and are able to recognise/read them on sight. They can then use their knowledge of these words to read similar words more quickly.

Set 1 Green Word Time Cards

The children are then taught the set 2 and 3 sounds

Simple Speed Sound Chart

Complex Speed Sound Chart

Red Words:

Red words are sometimes known as ‘common exception words’ or ‘tricky’ words. These are words that children will need to learn on sight because they contain parts that are not decodable. For example the word 'the' could be decoded as 'theh', but children must learn the correct pronunciation and spelling. Some of the red words are only tricky until a specific sound is learnt or because people pronounce them differently in different parts of the country.

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