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Yealmpton Primary School

Yealmpton Primary School

Reading and Phonics

Our aim is for all children to develop a lifelong love and enjoyment of books and stories. We believe that reading is a fundamental skill and empowers children to become confident and engaged in all areas of learning. At Yealmpton Primary School children have opportunities to take part in guided and independent reading as well as joint reading sessions with their peers and ‘reading buddies’.

The children are encouraged to read at home, for enjoyment and information, developing skills to become critical and independent readers who value and respect books. 

Read Write Inc.

To support the best progress for all children, we teach early reading using a synthetic phonic program called Read Write Inc (RWI) This offers clear, well-structured lessons to support children’s phonics skills and knowledge. RWI promotes good progress for all children and works at a pace right for the individual child. RWI lessons take place daily from 9-10am, where children practise phonics, reading and writing at a level appropriate for their individual needs. It does not matter what year group or class your child is in, they will receive the teaching that is right for them. The RWI programme ensures that all children receive the correct targeted support that they need to become a confident and fluent reader.

How will my child be taught early reading skills?

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.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.

How will I know how well my child is doing in Read, Write Inc?

We use various ways to find out how the children are getting on in reading. We use the information to decide what reading group they should be in. Your child will work with children who are at the same reading level as him or her. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress than the others. Your child will have one-to-one support if we think he or she needs some extra help to keep up. 

Click below to see the Read Write Inc. sound pronunciation guide for parents