How we teach Phonics
At St Mary’s Primary school we use the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. phonics programme (RWI) for children in Reception, Year 1 and 2. Some children in years 3 and 4 who require phonics will also have access to the programme.
Read Write Inc. (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Read Write Inc. was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.
Children that find phonics challenging and struggle to read will receive an additional 1:1 tutoring session during the school day.
During the sessions we use pure sounds, (‘m’ not ‘muh’, ’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words with ease. This video will show you how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/
The Year 1 Phonics check
Children in Year 1 take part in the Governments Phonics Screening Check during the month of June. This check is an informal task carried out 1:1 with a teacher to provide information that the children are making progress within phonics to become a fluent reader. It is a list of 40 words presented as real words and pseudo (alien) words (e.g. brip, snorp) to see if children are using their phonics to read the words. It takes no more than 5-10 minutes.
The check will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in Year 2 so that the school can track them as they move through the school.
Ruth Miskin RWI https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
Oxford Owl (Your child will receive a login to read RWI ebooks online) https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/please-log-in
Parent Booklet 1
Parent Booklet 2
Speed and Sound Chart