Phonics

At Saint Anne's we use Read Write Inc (RWI) as our Phonics Scheme to help develop early reading and writing. In this programme children are systematically taught around 40 phonic sounds and the combination of letters used to represent each sound.

This phonics approach teaches children to decode words by sounds, rather than recognising whole words. The emphasis in Reception and Key stage 1 teaching is on synthetic phonics, in which words are broken up into the smallest units of sound (phonemes).

How We Use Phonics

Reading

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts.
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk).
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'.

Writing

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds.
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers).
  • Learn to write simple then more complex sentences.
  • Compose stories based on story strips.
  • Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.

Speaking and Listening

When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions.
  • To practise every activity.
  • To take turns talking and listening to each other.

How Can I Help My Child Learn to Read?

Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, rhymes, etc.) Discuss the different features of the books. Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared. Explain the meaning of new words. See if your child could change a part of the story to make a new version.

Your child will be given one or two books to read at home. These books will be changed twice per week. Inside the books there is a sticker:


This is a phonics book that your child will read to you
 
We would like you (the parent/guardian) to read this book to your child.

Blending

Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (what we call 'Fred talk') eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set.

Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

Support your child at home using the following:

  • Pure Sounds Guide (pdf)
  • Watch the phonics videos and practise speed sounds at home.
  • Attend a Phonics Workshop at school.

Other Resources

Phonics Videos


How to say the sounds


The Phonics Screening Check


Year 1 learn to read a Set 3 Sound