Phonics Scheme: Read Write Inc.

At Gomersal St Mary’s we use the Read Write Inc programme to get children off to a flying start with Literacy skills. We teach phonics from Nursery onwards following the Read, Write, Inc system, which provides a structured approach to teaching literacy and is designed to ‘create fluent readers, confident speakers and writers’. We aim for every child to be able to read by the time they are ready to leave us.

The Read Write Inc programme of teaching results in speedy teaching and learning of sounds and blending which means that, when children have mastered basic phonic skills, they can start to read books. The texts are carefully matched to the sounds the children have learnt which means that children are successful with their reading from the very early stages!

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The children are assessed regularly and then matched very carefully into reading ability groups and the children are taught the programme for an hour every day, 30 minutes in Reception, by trained staff. The focus of the lesson is reading, which includes decoding, blending and comprehension skills. The children also act out stories to develop a rich vocabulary for speaking, listening and writing.

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When children successfully complete the programme, which varies according to the age and stage the child is at, they continue in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with the daily lesson moving onto the Language and Literacy programme. During this lesson, comprehension skills are further developed and skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught.

For further information, please speak to your child’s teacher.