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Phonics

‘We all know that reading opens the door to all learning.

A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.

A good reader will be able to read challenging material.

A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.’

Ruth Miskin (Author of Read, Write, Inc)

At St. Joseph’s we believe it is vital that your child finds learning to read a rewarding and successful experience.

Central to our teaching of early reading skills is the teaching of systematic phonics using ‘Read, Write Inc’. This programme has been developed by Ruth Miskin and provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is used in many primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers.

Phonics teaching helps children to understand the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and sounds (phonemes) of spoken language.

Words are made up of sounds (phonemes) and in English there are 44 sounds.

Using Read, Write, Inc, children learn these 44 common sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts. They learn to read words using sound blending. Crucially, the children read lively storybooks and non-fiction books featuring words they have learned to sound out and can decode, so they achieve success in reading. Children are encouraged to show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘find it’ and ‘prove it’ discussion questions.

As they move through the programme and know more sounds, the range of texts they read is extended.

The programme is aimed at children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Children are assessed and taught in small groups so that teaching can be sharply focussed. Read, Write, Inc sessions are taught each day to all children in FS2 and Y1. Children from Y2 may also join these sessions. FS1 introduce letter sounds across the year.

Mrs Lawson is our Read, Write, Inc manager and can be contacted at school if you have any questions about your child’s reading.

There is lots of information and some useful video clips for parents at:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc-programmes/phonics

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