Phonics at BJS

Read Write Inc Phonics Teaching at BJS

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. 

How often will my child be taught phonics?

Your child will work in their phonics group five days. The sessions will be in addition to the whole class literacy lesson. 

 

Will this phonics programme be too easy for my child?

No. Your child has been identified as having some gaps in their phonic knowledge and needing reinforcement of strategies to use sounds to read and spell words. They will start at a level that is appropriate to them and will therefore only be taught the sounds and patterns they do not already know. The programme includes many challenging words eg. straighten, extreme. Phonics is far more than just cat and mat.

 

How long will my child work on the Read Write Inc programme?

This is impossible to answer as it will be different for every child. However, because this is an intervention, we will always aim for your child to work in this group for the shortest time possible. Read Write Inc. phonics is not forever and your child will be removed from the intervention group as soon as their phonic gaps have been filled. They will be assessed every term and should make good progress on this programme. 

What do I do with the books my child has chosen to read with me? 

One of the most important things you can do as a parent at home is read to your child. 

Loving stories is important because children who love stories want to read stories for themselves. Children who read a lot become better readers.

 

Here are some top tips for story time:

  • Make it a treat – introduce each new book with excitement
  • Make it a special quiet time – cuddle up!
  • Show curiosity in what you’re going to read
  • Read the story once without stopping so they can enjoy the whole story. If you think your child might not understand something say something like ‘Oh I think what’s happening here is that…”
  • Chat about the story e.g. I wonder why he did that? Oh no, I hope she’s not going to…
  • Avoid asking questions to check what they remember
  • Link to other stories and experiences you have shared e.g. this reminds me of…
  • Read favourite stories over and over again – encourage your child to join with the bits they know. Avoid saying ‘not that story again!’
  • Use different voices – be enthusiastic!
  • Love the book – read with enjoyment

Where else can I find information?

 

Watch video tutorials on https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ to help you to understand more about Read Write Inc. Phonics and how to help your child read and write at home.