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1 Phonics? How is phonics taught in our school? Wednesday 23 rd September 2015

2 What is phonics? What is phonics? Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to: recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes; identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as sh or oo ; and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to de-code new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

3 Read, Write, Inc Read, Write, Inc.(RWI) Phonics is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read. It is aimed at children reading at Level 2b or below and teaches synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common pure letter sounds in the English language and how to blend and segment them to read and spell. The scheme includes both a reading and a writing focus. Reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum so the ability to efficiently decode is essential. The RWInc sessions are expected to occur each day with no exceptions, as the continuity and pace of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children s reading development.

4 Why Read, Write Inc. Phonics? A rapid learn to read programme so children read to learn for the rest of their lives. Tried and tested over many years. Systematic and structured. Early success in reading which compliments and underpins our reading scheme.

5 Aims and Objectives To teach children to: Apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words. Segmenting words into the constitute phonemes in order to spell words. Learn that blending and segmenting words are a reversible processes. Reading high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns. Read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible. Decode texts effortlessly using their phonic skills and develop comprehension skills. Independent writing applying phonic skills to spell words and build sentences.

6 Teaching and Learning Style This is based on 5 Ps. Praise - Children learn quickly in a positive climate. Pace - Good pace is essential to the lesson. Purpose - Every part of the lesson has a specific purpose. Passion - This is a very prescriptive programme. It is the energy, enthusiasm and passion that teachers put into the lesson that bring the teaching and learning to life! Participation - A strong feature of R.W.I. lessons is partner work and the partners teaching each other (based on research which states that we learn 70% of what we talk about with our partner and 90% of what we teach). It is important to remember to never give up! Every child can learn to read if you persevere.

7 How is it taught in our school? Early Years: Nursery Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes. Children are grouped according to their ability, where differentiation is key. Skills begin with developing Listening and Attention skills; Linking the pure sound to letters incorporating physical literacy; Introduction of initial sounds in words before progressing onto blending and segmenting simple words; Simple adaption of Hold a sentence to introduce sentence structure and develop independent writing. Reception - Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes. The children are streamed according to their ability. Sessions focus on linking pure sounds to letters (introduction of new sounds and reinforcement of previously learnt sounds); Introduction of initial sounds in words before progressing onto blending and segmenting simple words; Introduction of Ditty Books to develop independent reading and writing skills ; Finally children access the RWInc coloured book bands embed reading, writing and comprehension skills. Year 1: In Year 1, phonics is taught in three 50 minute sessions on Monday to Wednesday. In the Literacy sessions at the end of the week then uses and applies the skills developed throughout their phonic lessons. Year 2: In Year 2 phonics is taught everyday through SPAG. This uses the same principles as Read, Write Inc. Key Stage 2: RWInc is implemented as an intervention in Year 3 (Lower Literacy Set). Project X Introduction of pure sounds which link to colour comprehension texts. Links with the school reading scheme.

8 Phonics Glossary blend (vb) to draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. s-n-a-p, blended together, reads snap cluster two (or three) letters making two (or three) sounds, e.g. the first three letters of 'straight' are a consonant cluster digraph two letters making one sound, e.g. sh, ch, th, ph. vowel digraphs comprise of two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ai, oo, ow split digraph two letters, split, making one sound, e.g. a-e as in make or i-e in site grapheme a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, ch, igh, ough (as in 'though') Graphemes are the written representation of sounds. phoneme the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters 'sh' represent just one sound, but 'sp' represents two (/s/ and /p/) segment (vb) to split up a word into its individual phonemes in order to spell it, e.g. the word 'cat' has three phonemes: /c/, /a/, /t/

9 Simple Speed Sounds

10 Consonants: stretch f ff ph l ll le m mm mb n nn kn r rr wr s ss se c ce v ve z zz s sh ti ci th ng nk Consonants: bounce b bb c k ck d dd g gg h j p pp qu t tt w wh x y ch tch Vowels a e ea i o u ay a-e ai ee y igh i-e ie i ow o-e oa o oo u-e ue ew oo ar or oor o aw au air are ir ur er ou ow oy oi ire ear ure

11 Who is Fred? Fred helps children learn to read Fred can only talk in sounds... (Fred can only say c_a_t, he can t say cat) We call this Fred Talk If children understand Fred they can blend orally. Blending is needed for reading. Fred helps children learn to spell too! Children convert words into sounds They press the sounds on to their fingers... We call this Fred Fingers

12 Progression within RWInc Introduce the Speed Sounds and the books in this order. Speed Sounds Set 1, Set 2, Set 3. Introduction of new sounds and review. Ditties, Storybooks and Get Writing! Books. Red Ditty Books (1-10) Storybooks Green Set 1 (1-10) and Get Writing! Green Book 1 Storybooks Purple Set 2 (1-10) and Get Writing! Purple Book 2 Storybooks Pink Set 3 (1-10) and Get Writing! Pink Book 3 Storybooks Orange Set 4 (1-12) and Get Writing! Orange Book 4 Storybooks Yellow Set 5 (1-10) and Get Writing! Yellow Book 5 Storybooks Blue Set 6 (1-10) and Get Writing! Blue Book 6 Storybooks Grey Set 7 (1-13) and Get Writing! Grey Book 7 Please note: These coloured reading bands DO NOT link to the school scheme.

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