At Bramley Sunnyside we use Read Write Inc to help children learn to read. It has been used for many years in other schools and has supported children to enjoy reading and make good progress. It aims to teach children to learn to read as quick as possible so they can use their skills to then read to learn and become lifelong readers. It also helps children to talk about and understand what they have read. Reading helps children develop their vocabulary and learn new things independently. We want all children to enjoy reading. Children will be taught in mixed groups by trained staff. First children learn a simple code to help them read (see simple sounds). Then they learn more complex sounds (see complex sounds).
Fred the Frog
Children are taught to spell by hearing and saying sounds in a word before writing them down. We call this using ‘Fred’ fingers.
Fred is a frog puppet who says, reads and spells words in pure sounds; he never says the whole word so the children do this for him. He never adds ‘uh’ after a consonant sound e.g. fuh, luh (a slight ‘uh’ cannot be helped when saying the sounds b, g, d, j, w and y). Here you can find a video on the correct pronunciation of sounds.
A grapheme is one letter or group of letters used to write one sound, e.g. the sound ‘f’ can be written with the grapheme f (fun), ff (huff) and ph (phone).
Syllables are chunks within long words.
The root is the part of the word that gives the most meaning.
You also need to know how to add a suffix to a word like this…
_ed (as in jumped) _ing (as in playing) _er (as in cooler)
_est (as in greatest) _ful (as in grateful) _y (as in tidy)
Read Write Inc resources can be found on Oxford University Press
Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.
The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.
The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher.
Please click here to view some past phonics screening tests. Look for the section at the bottom “Phonics screening check”