"Leaders make sure that reading is a high priority. The teaching of phonics is effective and begins from the moment children start school. It is well organised and builds on what pupils already know. Teachers accurately identify pupils who begin to fall behind. They provide extra help so that these pupils catch up quickly. High-quality texts are a ‘stand out’ feature of the school’s reading curriculum. Reading for enjoyment is well promoted. Pupils spoke enthusiastically about choosing their ‘reading for pleasure’ books, naming Tom Gates as one of their favourite authors. Teachers read with pupils and make sure books are well-suited to their ability. There are opportunities for pupils to talk about what they have read."
Inspection of Renhold VC Primary School
Teaching Early Reading
At Renhold, we strive to teach children to read effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme (RWI) which includes teaching synthetic phonics, sight vocabulary, decoding and encoding words as well as spelling and accurate letter formation.
We passionately believe that teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is one of the core purposes of a primary school. These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances. Using the RWI phonics program we teach children to:
In practice, children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and are taught how to blend these sounds to decode (read) words. We start by teaching children to read and blend the first thirty Set 1 sounds. Once they have conquered this skill, they start reading stories and texts that have words made up of the sounds they know. This means that they can embed and apply their phonic knowledge and start to build their reading fluency. Once secure, children learn Set 2 and Set 3 sounds and then read texts with increasingly more complex sounds and graphemes. Throughout this process there is a focus on comprehension, reading with expression and reading for enjoyment.
Children are taught in small groups which reflect their phonic knowledge and reading fluency. We regularly assess children so that they are taught in a RWI group which matches their phonic knowledge. We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ability to read ‘tricky words’; so they experience early reading success and gain confidence that they are readers.
If you have any further questions about reading, please talk to your child's class teacher.
Click on the year group link to see the top 50 recommended texts for your child's year group.
Does your child prefer one particular author? Do you want them to try out different authors but still engage them in reading?
Looking for book recommendations for children who have been hooked in by a particular series or author and are ready to branch out?
Take a look at this website which includes Branching Out booklists and free, printable display posters.
Read Write Inc
Phonics songs and sounds