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At Raunds Park Infant School 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 based on letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning.  A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

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 want to write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • 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

 

 

If you would like access to more information about Read Write Inc please use the website http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

On the website you will find video tutorials for the following:

  • How to teach Set 1 Sounds
  • Preparing to teach your child to read
  • Storytime at home
  • How to pronounce pure sounds
  • Understanding RWI Phonics
  • What is Fred Talk?

 

Reading Schemes

 

Throughout the school, pupils are provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression with their reading. We use the popular and well-established Oxford Reading Tree scheme. In addition to this, books from the Project X and Songbirds reading programmes are incorporated to create further enjoyment for the children.

As pupils move through the school they learn more advanced deduction and inference skills and the school uses the Oxford Reading Treetops scheme.

 

If you would like access to some fantastic eBooks, why not visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk (external link). There are over 260 free books for parents to read with their child at home with lots of ideas on how to support your child with reading.  There is no cost to visit the site but you need to register to access the resources.

 

Reading at Home

In the Foundation Stage the children are given a blending pot and a sound book so that they can become confident with recognising sounds and early blending.  When each child is ready they are then given a reading book to take home.  In Years 1 and 2, children are expected to read frequently at home.  Reading books are not necessarily changed every day as it is essential that books are looked at in depth and the repetition assists children in developing sight vocabulary in addition to word patterns.  It is also important that children read a variety of books and not just their school reading book. To support reading skills the child can:

  • Read to you
  • Re-tell the story using picture clues
  • Re-tell the story from memory
  • Draw a picture/cartoon strip to tell you his/her favourite part of the story
  • Answer open ended questions about the story e.g. Why do you think that happened?, How do you think he felt?

General Questions

  • What kind of book did you think this was going to be?
  • Where was the story set?
  • Have you read any other books like this one?
  • Could this really have happened?
  • Who was telling this story?
  • Were there any parts of the story you particularly liked/disliked?
  • What will you tell your friends about this story?
  • Did the story remind you of anything you have done?
  •  How did the story start?
  • What happened next?
  • Was there more than one main event?
  • Did you guess the ending?
  • Did you like the ending?
  • How would you have liked it to end?
  • When did the story take place?

When you have finished reading, remember to sign your child’s home/school book. Please make your comments as positive and confidence-building as possible, and discuss these with your child.

Please follow the link below to access lists of age-appropriate and recommended books for children. If you purchase any books from the Love Reading 4 Schools website, the school will receive 5% of the total. You may need to set up a parent account to access the lists, this is simple and free to do.

http://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/viewschool/8139/favourite

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