At Aldwyn, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach phonics using Read, Write Inc, a synthetics phonics programme.
The children learn 44 common sounds in the English Language and how to sound and blend these sounds for reading (decoding). They also develop their formation, spelling skills (encoding) and knowledge of ‘tricky’ words (words you cannot sound out).
The Read, Write Inc sessions happen daily for all children requiring phonics. In EYFS, Key Stage 1 and some children in Key Stage 2, pupils are taught phonics either as a whole class, small group, or on a one to one basis.
Children are assessed and grouped each half term and this ensures the children’s learning is tracked and gaps identified. This also ensures their reading books match their phonic ability.
At Aldwyn Primary School, we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time our children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.
At Aldwyn Primary we use Reading Gems in our reading lessons. This is an approach to teaching Reading which includes the teaching and applying of skills needed to become a fluent and resilient reader. Each reading skill is allocated a colour-coded ‘gem’. Every week, children focus on a certain reading gem and learn strategies to help them develop that particular skill. Phonics is taught separately to ensure the children develop the necessary decoding strategies that underpin all reading.