“Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and we will change everything. And I mean everything.”
At Brierley Forest, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. As a school, we teach synthetic phonics as the initial, and most important, approach to the teaching of reading.
Our pupils learn to read and write effectively using the Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics programme, which is a systematic programme for the teaching of phonics, reading, spelling and writing. Through daily, systematic, and consistent high quality phonics teaching, children learn to read letter sounds, blend sounds to read words and segment words to support their spelling ability. They are then able to apply these skills across the curriculum.
Using Read Write Inc. the children learn to read accurately and confidently so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. Children apply what they have learnt by reading stories closely matched to their phonic knowledge and re-read them to increase their fluency. We passionately believe that teaching children to read and write independently is one of the core purposes of a primary school enabling them to access a broad and exciting curriculum and ensuring they flourish as learners throughout their time at our school. These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.
We want all pupils to begin their journey to read with confidence, develop a love of reading and apply their skills competently to writing. Reading does not stop at the end of the RWI session, a love of literature will be at the heart of all learning. Books open up a whole host of learning opportunities and are the basis of wider curriculum opportunities.
Knowledge Progression Documents
Links to websites for support:
Fred is a frog puppet we use in sessions. He can only speak in sounds.
Sounding out a word, saying each of the sounds before blending
‘Pinching’ each sound from a word on your fingers to help spell a word
Irregular words that cannot be sounded out
Story Green words
Decodable words that will be included in the storybook
Speedy green words
Decodable words in the storybook that children should be able to read at speed rather than fred talking first.
Fred in your Head
Still sounding out a word but doing so in your head rather than out loud, helps build fluency.
Two or three letters working together to make one sound e.g. sh, ch, igh, air, a-e, i-e.