At Drake Primary School we believe that reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum. To this end, we make sure that all children are given quality phonics teaching from Reception onwards Key Stage 2 using Read Write Inc scheme (RWI). We believe that RWI Phonics is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read. By delivering energetic, enthusiastic and full passion lessons children enjoy learning and will achieve well in Phonics Screening Test in Year 1 and all children will become confident and fluent readers. We also expect that children by the end of Year 2 would complete RWI programme.
At Drake Primary School we teach phonics daily, five times per week.
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RWI is fully implemented in Reception. At the beginning of education year Reception children have daily whole class RWI sessions. Children learn set 1 sounds - the individual sounds that called 'speed sound'. We want children to read them effortlessly. Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so children are taught to 'sound out' and 'sound blend' words. Children can start blending sounds into words as soon as they know a small group of sounds well. During lessons children are taught to hear sounds and blend them together in sequence to make a word. We start with blending oral sounds, then progress to reading the letters and blending them together to read words.
Children also have handwriting sessions to learn to write the sound. Once set 1 sounds have been taught, children have RWI assessment and are grouped by their abilities.
RWI assessment is carried every half term and children are grouped by their phonics ability skills.The RWI sessions are occurring daily for 30 minutes. Each session stats with speed sound session - children learning set 2 or set 3 sounds (one new sound per day). As children build up their knowledge of sounds they are able to apply their decoding skills to any unfamiliar word may it be real or nonsense. Decoding nonsense words is an important part of the Phonics Screening Test
that children complete at the end of Year 1.
During RWI sessions children build their reading skills and read ditties (story books) with their phonics capability. Each story book has green words linked to the sounds they have been learning, red words (words that are not decodable) and challenge words that extend children's vocabulary. After children have practised these words individually they are prepared to see them in context in the story.
Activities such as comprehension questions, partner discussion and writing activities based on the book follow. Once children are confident reading their story book, they are taking it home with additional text - Book Bag Book, matching their phonics skill level.
To support children in phonics, in Key Stage 2 at Drake we use RWI Fresh Start. It is a phonics intervention programme for pupils in years 5, 7 and 7 working below NC level 3. The programme gives older children who not yet cracked the 'code of reading' the chance to catch up become confident, fluent readers.
Fresh Start Modules and Anthologies provide specially written age- appropriate stories and non-fiction texts which the children have the phonic knowledge to read, build their confidence from start. Children in Year 3/4 who haven't completed the RWI programme by the end of Key Stage 1, join a RWI intervention in their classes if necessary.