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PHONICS - Read Write inc.

  • Intent

    At Dersingham Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. The systematic teaching of phonics is a high priority throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1.  We passionately believe that teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is one of the core purposes of a primary 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. Using the RWI phonics scheme we teach children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. They learn to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. Alongside decoding, there is a huge focus on children learning to write clearly, accurately and coherently.

  • Implement

    At Dersingham, we follow the Ruth Miskin 'Read Write Inc.' scheme to teach synthetic phonics in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. The scheme has been continued in Year 2 due to previous covid restrictions. Children in Year 2 will be taking part in the phonics screening tests in December 2021. These results will be sent to the Local Authority who will then send them over to the STA. Phonics is taught daily for 45 minutes in EYFS and 1 hour in year 1 and 2. The phonics lead assesses pupil’s phonic knowledge using the phonics assessment every half term to ensure children are making rapid progress. Black and white books are sent home every week followed by a bookbag book which matches the sounds learnt and taught that week. 

  • Impact

    Our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1, with attainment in phonics measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. By the end of the Scheme children will be able to read age-appropriate texts accurately and with sufficient speed. This means that we can then focus on developing their comprehension, preparing them to transition to Key Stage 2. Developing good decoding skills mean that children have a sound strategy for decoding unfamiliar words when they come across them at any stage or in any subject across the curriculum.

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Websites for further information

Oxford Owl - Phonics Made Easy.  This website provides further videos and resources explaining the teaching of phonics.  You can also listen to each of the sounds here.

Ruth Miskin Training - Parent Page.  There are numerous videos here explaining how Read Write Inc works from Ruth Miskin herself


Phonics in EYFS and KS1

At Dersingham Primary School children are taught to read and write using a phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Throughout EYFS and KS1 children take part in daily phonics sessions. These sessions focus on key reading skills such as decoding to read words and segmenting the sounds in a given word when spelling. 

At Dersingham Primary School, we use phonics as an opportunity to develop vocabulary by ensuring words are given context through visual aids and real-life objects.

Booster Club

To prepare children for the Phonics Screening Test children in Year 1 and 2 were offered weekly phonics booster lessons after school. These sessions were designed to ensure children were able to consolidate prior learning and identify any misconceptions.

RWI Book Bag Books

As part of our Read Write Inc programme children from Reception to Year 2 were given decodable books to take home on a weekly basis. These books allowed children to consolidate learning from the week and encouraged children to apply the phonics skills taught previously.

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