At Star of the Sea our aim is that children will become confident and independent readers, writers and speakers with a love and understanding of words and the possibilities that they open up for us. This underpins learning in all curriculum subjects. We will promote an engagement with texts to foster a lifelong love of books and a culture of reading widely and often. Children will have many, varied opportunities to read for pleasure and for information, to write for different audiences and to speak for different purposes. We intend that children will be confident in transferring these skills across every aspect of life and will become excellent communicators. We want children's experience of the English curriculum to be an exciting, meaningful and creative experience with personal highlights that they will remember as they move forwards.
Early reading is taught using systematic synthetic phonics throughout EYFS and KS1. This is taught through daily Read Write Inc (RWI) lessons. Our school day begins with every child learning RWI phonics (or RWI Spelling in KS2). These lessons teach the children to decode sounds, blend them to form words and apply their skills to encourage fluency and comprehension.
As the children learn new sounds they also begin to read storybooks closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge. The sessions are fast paced and interactive to ensure the children make rapid progress. Their progress is assessed regularly and they are grouped according to the level they are working at. Children are encouraged to sound and blend as a technique when reading and to apply their phonic knowledge in their writing, spelling words using the sounds they know.
As they move into KS2, any children who are not secure in phonics will receive targeted sessions to plug gaps. For older pupils, RWI ‘Fresh Start’, an intervention following on from the Read Write Inc scheme, is used on a one to one basis.
The videos below provide more information to help parents understand the scheme and how you can support your child:
To find out more about how to help your child with their phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 please see the leaflets below which have been put together by our teachers for you as a step by step guide.
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