Phonics is taught using the synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc and has been running successfully at Mission Grove for 6 years. The programme aims to get children reading as quickly as possible by teaching them the most commonly occurring sounds in the English language. Children learn the first 30 sounds in Nursery so they are already familiar with them by the time they begin Reception.
Reception and Year 1 children are then assessed and grouped with children of similar phonic ability. Each group is taught a focussed group of sounds until they are fully confident with using the sounds both in their reading and writing. The programme’s fiction and non – fiction reading books are all designed to support the sounds that the children are learning at the time.
All the children in Reception are taught phonics on a daily basis and are expected to:
Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
Take home Phonics storybooks to share
Read with fluency and expression
Learn to spell using known sounds
Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first
Work well with a partner
In Year 1, the children also complete short writing activities and a long writing composition; all based on their specific sounds and the book they are reading at the time. Read Write Inc is taught explicitly for three days and then the children are encouraged to use their skills for two days of Literacy to end the week. All children are assessed every half term to ensure that they moved onto the next level as soon as they are able.
Parents and Carers
Parents and Carers can help by reading their child’s book with them each night. Practising the sounds that are on the front of the book and those circled inside the front cover would also help reinforce new learning.
There are some helpful videos about how to pronounce sounds on the Read Write Inc website:
Class teachers are also on hand to discuss any questions about phonics and to clarify how sounds are taught.