Literacy Curriculum Intent
We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.
We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.
Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the Read Write Inc. programmes with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make literacy pleasurable and rewarding for our children.
Teaching reading at Welholme Academy
At Welholme Academy we believe that reading is the most important thing that children learn at school. Reading is the key to the future success of our children.
Learning to read is like learning a code and the letters are the symbols for the code. If you know what the symbols mean you can crack the code.
At Welholme Academy we use a scheme called Read Write Inc. This scheme has been devised by Ruth Miskin, a former headteacher of an inner London school where reading was an issue. Her results were remarkable.
Read Write Inc teaches synthetic phonics in a structured and exciting way. Children start the scheme in our Foundation Stage and will work through the programme until they can read confidently with good understanding. The scheme also supports children's writing, giving them the tools to spell and compose.
What is synthetic phonics?
Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading.
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
- the sounds represented by written letters.
- how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sounds they represent. Children start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word. We call this Fred Talk.
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Read Write Inc.
Every child deserves success right from the start. We know that the sooner children learn to read, the greater their success at school. This is why we put reading at the heart of what we do.
We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. Phonics to teach our children to read and write. Each child is assessed every half term so we can place them in the group where they will make the most progress. We also provide extra daily one-to-one sessions to ensure no child falls behind.
Read Write Inc. Phonics depends upon children learning to read and write sounds effortlessly, so we make it simple and fun. Once the children are confident with this we move onto books which we know they can read. The children will first focus on reading the words carefully, then reading the story fluently and lastly talking about the story. Our aim is that books can be read confidently and with expression.
Read Write Inc. also incorporates spelling and handwriting. Very soon the children are able to write down their own ideas and sentences, drawing on new vocabulary and phrases from the storybook they have just read.
Story time is the highlight of everyday. When reading stories to children it provides them with varied and extensive vocabulary which they can then go on and use in all other areas.
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