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At Scientia we teach one hour of phonics every day to the children in the EYFS and KS1. The children are streamed depending on their levels. We have eight different groups, each with its own trained adult. Each group consists of approximately eight to ten children, so lessons can be very intense and support given throughout.
Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. is our Key Stage 1 daily literacy session. It is also used as a Key Stage 2 intervention when necessary. The aim is to help the children learn many of the phonics (sounds) used in the English language to assist both reading and writing.
Examples of how each letter and groups of letters (“special friends”) are said can be found at Oxford Owl. The children are encouraged not to add the ‘uh’ sound after a letter. They are encouraged to say the pure sound. See links for parental help understanding and using RWI. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
These are common words that cannot be sounded out in ‘Fred Talk’ (Fred is a frog toy used in RWI – he can only speak in sounds!)
Simple Speed Sounds Chart
Complex Speed Sounds Chart
Below is a table of the sounds being taught at each level.
|Level||Sounds Being Taught
(each group reviews previous sounds)
|A||m a s d t i n p g o c k u v f e l h r j v y w v x z|
|B||th sh ch ck (learning to blend)|
|C||Building on the blending in B|
|D||ay ee igh ow oo oo|
|E||ar or air ir ou oy|
|F||Teach letter names|
|G||a-e i-e o-e ea|
|H||u-e ai oa ew oi ire ear er aw ow ure are ur|
|I||Review all sounds|
|J||Off the scheme|
If you’re the parent of a beginning reader, chances are you’re hearing a lot about phonics. Here’s what you need to know about how your child will learn phonics and how you can teach phonics at home:
What exactly is phonics?
Phonics is knowing that sounds and letters have a relationship — it’s that simple, and that complex. It is the link between what we say and what we can read and write. Phonics offers your beginning reader the strategies she needs to sound out words. For example, she learns that the letter D has the sound of “d” as in “doll.” Then she learns how to blend letter sounds together to make words like dog.
Why is it important?
The ultimate goal of reading is good comprehension. But in order for your child to understand what he/she reads, he/she must be able to do it quickly and automatically, without stumbling over words. Phonics facilitates that process.
How does your child’s school teach phonics?
Systematically and sequentially. Teachers give children plenty of practice before moving on. Your child will read short, easy books, containing the particular letter sounds or words she’s working on.
To teach at home, reinforce schoolwork with easy activities:
- Team up with the teacher. Ask how you can highlight phonics and reading. If you have concerns, share them.
- Listen to your child read daily. If your child stumbles on a word, encourage him/her to sound it out. But if he/she still can’t get it, provide the word so he/she doesn’t get discouraged.
- Boost comprehension. Ask questions like, “What do you think will happen next?” or “What did he mean by that?”
- Revisit familiar books. It’s okay if your child wants to read favourites from earlier years.
- Read aloud. Choose books on topics that excite your child, and read with gusto, using different voices for the characters.
- Spread the joy. Show your child how much you value reading by having plenty of books and magazines around the house. And visit the library and bookstores often. You’ll teach phonics as well as cultivate a lifelong love of reading in your child.
Here are some useful websites to support your child’s learning.