Phonics & Reading
At Yarlside Academy we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a stage approach.
Teaching Phonics and Spelling
At Yarlside Academy we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a teacher or teaching assistant who have all been fully trained to deliver the RWI programme. At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again and put into new groups. In addition to the Read, Write Inc programme the children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own class teacher.
When using RWI to READ the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using Fred Talk (Sounding out)
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to WRITE the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- write simple sentences then more complex ones.
- Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts
When using RWI the children will also work in PAIRS:
- to answer questions
- to practise every activity
- to take turns talking to each other
- to give positive praise to each other
Below is further information on how you can support your child at home. Please click on the links to view the videos.
Sound Pronunciation Guide
When children have a secure knowledge of letters and sounds, they progress into the 'Read Write Inc Spelling’ programme for spelling.
On our shelves we have a range of reading genres from the Oxford Reading Tree collections including Sounds and Letters, Floppy Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories, Songbirds, The Project X, Traditional Tales, Time Chronicles, Treetops – Myths and Legends, True Stories, Classics, Graphic Novels, Non-fiction and the Snapdragons series.
All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning helps children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books. We have a Junior Librarian System in the school library which enables school to loan books at their leisure.
Oxford Owl is an excellent website full of tips for parents to encourage and help their children with reading. See the website links below:
- Reading Tips – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/top-tips–3
- Stuggling Readers – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/helping-struggling-readers
- Encouraging Reading – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/encouraging-reading
- Encouraging Boys to read– www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/encouraging-boys
- Reading in the Holidays – www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-site/expert-help/reading-in-the-holidays