As a school we implanted a phonics and reading programme called Read, Write, Inc.
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we want to put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.
What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn't do?
Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by searching on YouTube for ‘Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide’
Your child will learn letter sounds in a certain order which are set out below.
Speed Sounds Set 1
To begin with we learn a sound a day. We use pure sounds so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
Letter-sound pictures are used to help your child learn these sounds quickly.
e.g. mmaisie mmmountain is morphed into m, t-t-t-tower is morphed into t
Set 1 sounds are taught in the following order:
m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk
Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3: The long vowels
Once your child knows all Set 1 sounds by sight and sound and uses them to blend to read words, we start teaching Set 2 initially and then Set 3 long vowel sounds. Your child will
need to learn that most vowel sounds have more than one spelling.
There are 12 Set 2 ‘speed sounds’ that are made up of two or three letters which represent just one sound, e.g. ay as in play, ee as in tree and igh as in high. It is important that your child does not pronounce these as 2 or 3 separate sounds. When your child sees the ‘speed sound’ letters together in a word, they must say just one sound for these letters.
When your child learns their Set 2 sounds in school they will learn:
* the letters that represent a speed sound e.g. ay
* a simple picture prompt linked to the ‘speed sound’ and a short phrase to say e.g. may I play
Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so your child can ‘sound out’ and ‘sound blend’ words containing the new speed sound they have just learnt, for example s-p-r-ay * spray.
Set 2 and 3 sounds are taught in the following order:
ay: may I play
ee: what can you see
igh: fly high
ow: blow the snow
oo: poo at the zoo
oo: look at a book
ar: start the car
or: shut the door
air: that’s not fair
ir: whirl and twirl
ou: shout it out
oy: toy for a boy
ea: cup of tea
oi: spoil the boy
a-e: make a cake
i-e: nice smile
o-e: phone home
u-e: huge brute
aw: yawn at dawn
are: share and care
ur: purse for a nurse
er: a better letter
ow: brown cow
ai: snail in the rain
oa: goat in a boat
ew: chew the stew
ire: fire fire!
ear: hear with your ear
ure: sure it’s pure?
tious / cious: (scrumptious/delicious)
e: he me we she be
We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here: http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/teacher-support/17/index.htm
Hello everybody! It has been a very exciting first week! The children have settled in beautifully and they are very busy developing new relationships with friends and getting to know our classroom and exploring all the exciting areas of provision inside and out! We have two teaching assistants in our class, who are Miss Dickinson and Mrs Smith.
This week the children have been painting self portraits! The children have looked at themselves in the mirror and talked about the colour of their skin, eyes, hair and lips. Then they carefully painted their features. You can soon view the beautiful artwork on the display adjacent to our classroom.