Wybunbury Delves teaches Phonics and Early Reading using the Read Write Inc scheme.
Phonics is for children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 who are learning to read. Phonics is also for children in KS2 who haven't met the KS1 reading expectations. Each half-term, we assess and group our children based on their stage of reading not age of reading. This means all children practise reading at the right level. Our children at Wybunbury at then grouped and taught according to their Phonic and reading knowledge and confidence.
We teach sounds, children practise reading and spelling words containing these sounds, then we give children decodable books containing sounds and words they can read. Children take home 'book bag books' which match their phonic ability. Children are expected to read their phonics book three times. On each reading, children's fluency increases and the more they can focus on what the story is about. The first read is for accuracy, the second read for fluency and the third read for comprehension. Alongside this we read stories to children stories they cannot yet read for themselves. Our aim is for children to finish the RWI Phonics programme quickly so they can start reading these books for themselves. Children also learn to spell the words they have been reading and develop their ideas into sentences so that they can write about the storybooks they read.
Phonics is the method of teaching reading through the identification of sounds. All words are made up of individual sounds. These sounds are blended together to form words. e.g. in 'mat' we have the sounds 'm', 'a', 't', ship – 'sh', 'i', 'p'. We use 44 sounds to make all the words in the English language. This means we've got a problem. We've got 44 sounds and only 26 letters. The 26 letters work singly, in pairs and sometimes in threes to represent one sound. We have to group letters together to write some sounds e.g. 'igh', 'air'. In English we have more than 150 ways to represent 44 sounds, using the 26 letters in the alphabet. This makes our language one of the most complex in the world!
Using RWI, we make learning to read easy for children because we start by teaching them just one way of reading and writing every sound. Children need to know sounds – not letter names – to read words.
Every year, we hold reading meetings at school. Due to Covid19 restrictions, we are unable to host these at present. Your child's class teacher will send regular updates of your child's reading including ways to support at home. For more ways of how to support your child at home, please visit our reading page.
During lockdown 2021, the children in reception and KS1 are still continuing on with their phonics journey through their home learning. The children are completing their phonics through the Read Write Inc videos on the Ruth Miskin's youtube account. Each day the children complete their speed sounds and word time lesson that is set for them by their class teacher. They then put a picture of their spellings onto seesaw so that their class teacher can comment on their phonics' work. Once the children have finished they can then read a Read Write Inc EBook that has been assigned to them. The children read their book for fluency on the first day, accuracy on the second day and for comprehension skills on the third day.