At Mile Cross Primary School, we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ programme for teaching sounds and reading. This starts during your child’s first few weeks in Reception. The information below will provide you with further details about what the programme involves and how you can help your child learn to read at home.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc Phonics is a proven synthetic phonics programme that ensures early success in reading, writing and spelling. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word. These words are embedded in stories so children can read books independently. Children read appropriately matched stories to their phonetic knowledge to build their confidence and enjoyment of reading. Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Mile Cross Primary, as reading is the key to accessing the curriculum. Ultimately, we want children to equip the children with the skills to develop a love of reading for life.
How does it work at Mile Cross Primary?
At Mile Cross Primary we have a designated Reading Lead, Miss S Hall. Our Reading Lead’s role is to ensure the smooth running of the teaching of phonics. Children are assessed half-termly and grouped according to their phonic knowledge. The Reading Lead monitors the teaching of all phonics groups across the school and provides coaching sessions to ensure consistency and quality of learning. In addition to this, children who need additional help receive individual daily Fast Track Tutoring.
The 5 Principles
Read Write Inc. is based on 5 P’s.
Praise – Children learn quickly in a positive climate.
Pace – Good pace is essential to the lesson.
Purpose – Every part of the lesson has a specific purpose.
Passion – this is a very prescriptive programme. It is the energy, enthusiasm, and passion that teachers put into the lesson that brings the teaching and learning to life.
Participation – A strong feature of Read Write Inc. lessons is partner work and the partners ‘teaching’ each other.
Watch the videos below for more information about Read Write Inc. The first video explains what Read Write Inc is and the second video includes information about what phonics looks like in school.
If your child is learning to read at school with Read Write Inc. Phonics, they will be at one of the following stages:
Learning Set 1 Speed Sounds
These are the Set 1 Speed Sounds written with one letter:
m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x
Set 1 Special Friends:
These are the sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’):
sh th ch qu ng nk ck
Check if your child can read these sounds. Make sure they say pure sounds like ‘mmm’, not letter names like ‘muh’ or ‘em’.
Your child is learning to read words containing Set 1 Speed Sounds by sound blending. For example:
Reading books with Set 1, 2, and 3 Speed Sounds
No matter how many sounds your child knows, they need to practise them and read books with words made up of those sounds. At Mile Cross Primary every child has a Reading Wallet which contains:
- Their Reading Record (please record every time you read any of the following books with your child at home).
- Storybooks- This is a copy of the Storybook they are reading at school. Please don’t worry if you feel that the books are too easy. Children enjoy re-reading stories they know well. Their speed and understanding improves on every read.
- Bookbag books- matched to the Storybooks children read in school and used for extra practice. They include many of the same reading activities that we use in class and include parent guidance.
- Reading for Pleasure books- Picture books to share with your child: read these stories to children or encourage them to retell the story by looking at the pictures. They are not expected to read the story themselves.
How can you support your child at home?
Children will make great strides in their reading if a grown up at home reads regularly with their child. This includes your child reading their schools books to you and you sharing reading for pleasure books with your child. At Mile Cross Primary we reward children for reading five times a week with the Five Read Raffle, House points and Golden Tickets.
Other activities you could do at home include:
- Visiting your local library
- Participating in the Virtual Classroom activities set weekly by your child’s teacher.
- Using the red word pages in the back of the storybooks to play games and time challenges.
- Fred Talk games for example “What is in the fridge?” “h a m- ham”
- Make story time a special time for you and your child.
Here are some lovely bed time stories, all of these titles are available at your local library. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories
Mile Cross Library information:
Before your child starts Reception at Mile Cross Primary you can help by sharing stories with them, modelling clear speaking, encouraging your child to talk in sentences. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/
Mile Cross Reading Spine
Where’s Spot- Eric Hill
Dear Zoo- Rod Campbell
You Choose- Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt- Michael Rosen
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?- Bill Martin Jnr and Eric Carle
Jasper’s Beanstalk- Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy- Lynley Dodd
Each Peach Pear Plum- Allan and Janet Ahlberg
Hug- Jez Alborough
The Train Ride- June Crebbin
Come On Daisy!- Jane Simmons