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Phonics At Drake Primary School

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.

Ames and objectives

To teach children to:

  • Recognise 40+ sounds and to read  them effortlessly.
  • Apply the skill of blending phonemes  in order to read words.
  • segment words  into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words.
  • Learn that blending and segmenting  words  are reversible process.
  • Reading high frequency words that do not  conform to regular phonic pattern
  • read texts and words that are  within  their phonic capabilities  as early as possible.
  • Decode texts effortlessly  so all their resources can be used  to comprehend  what they read.
  • Spell effortlessly so that all their resources can be directed towards composing  their writing.
  • Think out  loud  and discuss, read  books  with storyteller's  voice.


RWI across the school

Foundation Stage

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.


Key Stage One

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.


Key Stage Two

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.