Read, Write, Inc
Read, Write, Inc. at East Dene Primary School
At East Dene we want our children to see reading not only as being taught by their teachers in school but as an activity which provides pleasure and unlocks the world for them, opening up a whole host of opportunities. To teach early reading, we use a synthetic phonics programme called Read, Write, Inc (RWI). RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds, phonics and blending sounds together to read and write words. Using RWI the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can then put all their energy into comprehending what they read.
Our implementation ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives for early reading. RWI is taught discretely because we feel passionately about not compromising the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an effective reader. Children are given every opportunity to apply their skills and understanding throughout the rest of our curriculum. RWI is taught through a progressive sequence of sessions every day.
We passionately believe that with the right support, all children can and will learn to read. In order for all children to be successful readers, they are assessed each half term and grouped according to their ability. As well as half termly assessments, we constantly informally assess the children to make sure that they are at working at the appropriate level. If needed, children receive additional daily one to one support to help them on their journey to becoming a confident reader. Within the daily RWI lessons, children are encouraged and supported to not only develop their decoding skills and to build up their fluency but also their comprehension skills.
The children take part in RWI lessons every day with a fully trained member of staff. The books read during these lessons are kept in school and the children then take home a similar RWI reading book matched to that level. We have a variety of both stories and non-fiction texts and ensure children have access to both in every level that they read. Weekly homework links to the sounds that the children have been taught during the week, providing the children with additional opportunities to practice and apply the skills that they have been taught in school.
You can find out more information about out approach to Read, Write, Inc in the document below:
Phonics Screening Check
In Key Stage 1, the children are assessed at the end of Year 1 using a Government Statutory Assessment Tool known as the Phonics Screening Check. This screening check confirms whether the child has learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and will identify sounds needing further consolidation in Year 2. The children are assessed one to one by the reading leader, who is a familiar adult to the children. The children are asked to read a mixture of real and alien nonsense words
How will the children know which words are ‘alien’ (nonsense) words?
The ‘alien’ words are always presented with a picture of an alien, so that the children know that they are not real words that they might recognise. They are very familiar with this concept and practise it every day during our Read, Write, Inc. phonics sessions. See picture below for an example of how the check is presented.
How will the phonics screening be administered?
Each child is taken through the screening check by a familiar teacher on a one to one basis. This will be in a quiet area and there is not a time limit.
Will we be told about our child’s results?
The results of the check will be issued before the end of the school year.
What is the pass mark?
The standard threshold pass mark for previous phonics screening checks has been 32/40. The threshold is always released shortly after the phonics screening check has taken place.
What happens if my child doesn’t pass the phonics screening check?
Any child that does not reach the standard threshold will sit the 2020 screening check when they are in year 2, with the following year’s cohort of year 1s.
When will the phonics screening take place?
The government requires that the check must be taken during a specific week in June. This academic year it will take place the week beginning Monday 8th June 2020. A pupil may only take the check the following week if they were absent during check week. If a pupil doesn’t take the check during this period and returns to school after the two week window, they must be recorded as absent.
How can we support our child out of school?
Please read our parent information for ideas of how to support your child at home. We also have a fantastic selection of Read, Write, Inc book bag books for reading with your children at home. It is important to read as much as possible to and with your child.
Which sounds will the phonics screening check focus on?
The check includes graphemes from all sets of sounds taught to the children since they started school. These are Read, Write, Inc set 1, 2 and 3 sounds.
Phonics Screening Check 2019 Link- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-2019-materials