We believe Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading is vital for pupils’ success. Through Reading, children develop communication skills for education, and for life and work in the future. Pupils who find it difficult to learn to read are likely to struggle across the curriculum.
Reading for pleasure is associated with higher levels of achievement; those who are good at reading, tend to read more; they learn more and expand their vocabulary and knowledge.
Our Intent is for all children to be able to read with fluency, understanding and for pleasure by the time they leave us.
We have recently introduced the highly successful Read, Write Inc. programme as we are dedicated to ensuring that every child is able to read by the end of Key Stage 1.
Read Write Inc, developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics and Early Reading. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent and accurate readers with a deep understanding of what they have read.
Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children will have daily Read, Write, Inc. sessions and we will support our most vulnerable readers with extra one–to–one teaching every day. Children with gaps in their phonic knowledge, reading or fluency in Key Stage 2 will also be supported through high quality Read, Write, Inc. teaching and intervention.
The teaching of this programme is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing.
Using Read Write Inc phonics 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 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 on the Read Write Inc phonics programme. The children will be assessed regularly and groupings will be reviewed accordingly.
For more information please see this document for parents: RWI Parents information sheet
In addition, these videos will help you understand the programme further: Videos to Support Parents with Understanding the Read, Write Inc. Programme
Alongside Read, Write Inc, to further develop children’s language comprehension, we have a language rich environment to develop talk and conversations.
We implement daily story time, use of book corners and the library and build children’s strong emotional connection to language through poetry and rhymes.
When Key Stage 2 children are ready to move on from Read Write Inc. we implement daily Whole Class Reading of a a quality text to further develop children’s fluency, confidence to read aloud, comprehension and love of reading. It also allows opportunities for adults to model reading to the children and rich discussions about texts, developing skills in inference, deduction, summarising and predicting.
Please see this presentation for more information about how we implement Reading at Key Stage 2 in The Carey Federation: KS2 parent workshop
Here are questions to help you when reading with your child: Reading domain support questions and prompts
The impact of the Read, Write Inc. programme is assessed every half term and children are put in the appropriate groups to match their reading needs. These assessments demonstrate good progress and children are increasing their fluency and confidence and able to apply their phonic knowledge to decode unfamiliar words.
As a result of discussions around the meaning of text in both the Read, Write Inc. texts and Whole Class Reading, the children are demonstrating a secure comprehension of what they read and are able to apply this to reading in other areas of the curriculum. Children can talk articulately about texts and express their understanding in written comprehension tasks.