Phonics at Hill Farm
At our school, we use a structured, synthetic phonics approach to teaching children to read. The scheme we use is called ‘Read Write Inc.’
When children join the Reception classes they begin to learn the 44 sounds that form the English language. They learn to blend the sounds together using ‘Fred Talk’ ‘Read Write Inc.’ which is oral blending. Fred can only speak in ‘Fred Talk’. For example Fred says ‘S-I-T’ and the children blend the letters together to say ‘sit’. As soon as they are able to blend, children begin to read the specially written, lively story books in every ‘Read Write Inc.’ lesson. Children read individually to the staff.
Within children’s first term in Reception, a parents workshop is held to explain more about Read Write Inc; phonics and our approach to the teaching of early reading. Regular workshops are then offered throughout the year to provide advice about how to support the development of your child’s reading at home.
As the children move into Year 1 and 2, they continue to learn the sounds and blend more complex words. They also develop their comprehension skills during the ‘Read Write Inc.’ sessions. Children read individually at least twice a week. Pupil Premium children and those with special educational needs read four times a week.
Children are assessed every six weeks and are placed into groups according to their reading ability.
All of the children take reading books home, which are matched to their reading ability. For homework, it is an expectation that you listen to your child read a minimum of four times a week.
As children move through the scheme, the ‘Read Write Inc.’ Manager (Miss Muir) carefully monitors their progress. Any children who do not make the expected progress are given a one to one intervention to ensure that they close the gap.
At the end of Year 1, children are formally assessed to identify whether they have met the nationally expected standard for phonics or if they need further support to meet this standard by the end of Year 2.
Any children who require additional phonics teaching in KS2 are assessed and placed into groups so that they can continue with the phonics programme.