Phonics

At Withernsea Primary School, in KS1 reading is taught through the Read, Write, Inc. programme (RWI). This may be used for pupils in KS2 if they are not yet reading fluently. The scheme, however, is adapted to suit the needs of each of the pupils. This means that some pupils are taught in whole class session and others are taught in smaller or one to one groups.

Pupils are assessed on a termly basis using the RWI assessment grids, this ensures that all pupils are in the correct groups and allows the Reading Leaders and Wider Leadership team to monitor pupil progress.

All staff who use RWI in their classroom have all completed training. Lead Teachers support the development of the scheme observing sessions, offering guidance and creating clear next steps for the scheme at Withernsea. In addition, Lead Teachers offer regular drop in sessions to support pupils and teachers where needed.

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Sounds are grouped into set 1, 2 and 3.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

You can view a short introduction to Read Write Inc for parents below:

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