Barnby Road Academy we follow the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics programme to teach children to read and spell. This programme is for children in Foundation 2 to Year 2 who are learning to read and write. Any pupils in Year 3 and 4 who need to catch up may also access RWI to help them make rapid progress in reading.
Pupils work within ability groups which are reviewed regularly to ensure children are making rapid progress with their reading. These groups are usually smaller than a normal class size to enable us to target and support children to achieve their best and learn to read as quickly as possible.
The scheme includes both a reading and a writing focus:
Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.
A reading information session is held each year, in September, for Foundation 2 parents and careers. We explain how staff will teach children to read at Barnby Road and provide an information pack to help parents understand how to support their child at home.
You can find out more about Read, Write, Inc. on the website below where there are videos to help parents support children learning to read at home and explain how to pronounce the sounds the children are learning in their RWI lessons. Alternatively, please come and speak to Miss Woolridge or Mrs Marfleet, our Reading Leaders; they are always happy to help!