At Beacon View Primary Academy, we use Read Write Inc as our phonics programme developed by Ruth Miskin, it helps all children to learn to read fluently and at speed, so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.
Phonics is delivered daily from 9-9:45am.
The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. At the end of each half term the children are re-assessed to check they have made progress and are re-grouped. This allows children to make progress through the levels at their own pace.
Prior to formal phonics being taught, in Pre-School we immerse children in activities providing opportunities to tune into sounds.
There are six aspects taught:
- Environmental Sounds
- Instrumental Sounds
- Body Percussion
- Rhythm and Rhyme
- Voice Sounds
All the aspects are taught through group times and total immersion in a language rich environment. We aim to do this by providing lots of rhymes, singing time, rhyming stories, clapping rhythms and musical instruments are taught through play at every opportunity. Informal ways to explore letters are used: e.g., use sand moulds, sounds of the week, phonics awareness through modelling writing, or sounding out words.
We also use short discrete group times to model a variety of activities with all 6 aspects taught during the week and use carefully chosen books every day to over learn rhyming words and voice sounds. We encourage children to join in, especially with the repetitive parts to build confidence and learn.
During the Spring Term pupils in Pre-School will access more formal teaching of phonics through the delivery of the RWI Nursery programme.
In Reception, all children will receive more formal lessons taught using Read, Write, Inc and learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
- learn to read words using Fred talk (see below) and sound blending
- read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
- work well with partners
- develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions
The children work in pairs so that they can:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in talking and reading to each other
- develop ambitious vocabulary
In Year 1 and 2, children follow the same format as Reception but work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level.
The children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 are taught the sounds in 3 sets.
Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.
It is important that at this stage, you do not use the letter names.
Parent video: How to say the sounds