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Read Write Inc

Early Reading and Phonics

We have introduced the Read Write Inc programme in Reception and Key Stage 1. This programme includes a systematic and dynamic whole-school approach to teaching phonics.

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow a phonics programme that supports their individual reading level. As part of the scheme, we also use the Read Write Inc reading books that coincide with the sounds taught in school in one given week.

Teachers carefully choose and send home a corresponding Read Write Inc book-bag book that is a phonetically decodable reading book, containing sounds the children have been taught. The book-bag books also contain useful questions for parents, when discussing the story at home. Children also receive a home reading record, which allows parents to record any information they wish to pass on to the class teacher regarding the books read.

Children also have access to our school library where they choose from a wide range of books that can be enjoyed, with the support of parents, at home. Children in Key Stage Two are also accessing the ‘Read Write Inc’ programme through group or one to one intervention and to reinforce any tricky sounds or alternative pronunciation/spellings.

What is Read Write Inc Phonics?

In school, we also use Ruth Muskin’s Virtual Classroom to support targetted learning at home. For more information about this, please click here. 

Information for parents and families

With help supporting your child at home with their targeted sounds, please see the video on how to pronounce the sounds and also the leaflets below:

We regularly invite parents to Reading meetings where we explain how we teach early reading as well as provide guidance on how they can support reading further at home.

To view our latest Reading Meeting for parents, see below.

With help supporting your child at home with their targeted phase sounds, please set the leaflets below:

Promoting a love of Reading

At Pelton and Beamish Federation we are passionate about developing a love for reading.

Each class has timetabled visit to our school library, where we have a wide range of books including: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry as well as comics, annuals and story sacks. We have an ‘Author Spotlight’ and ‘Bookflix’ display that changes every half term. Children can choose a library book to take home and read. We have weekly reading club where children spend time enjoying the library.

Children also review books read and create Bookflix recommendations to encourage others to read.

We hold a yearly Scholastic School Book Fair and linked events as well as celebrating World Book Day with library visits and story carousels.

We hold parent reading meetings to provide support and guidance on reading at home.

Reading aloud to our children is very important to us and in our Literacy lessons we offer opportunities to explore different types of books using the ‘Book Blanket’ where books are spread out over tables for children to look at. In EYFS and KS1, we vote daily for picture books we would like to hear read during the day. We also have a bedtime book box that goes home every week, that contains a year group recommended reader, a cuddly toy and a sachet of hot chocolate to enjoy at bedtime as a family.

Please click here for more information of the teaching of reading.

Further Information

The success of the Read Write Inc programme has been referenced in ‘HMI Ofsted report Reading by six; How the best schools do it, use Read Write Inc. Phonics.’ Please click the link to find out more.

Gov.UK Reading By Six – How The Best Schools Do It

Further information of the Read Write Inc Phonics program can be found at Oxford University Press – Reading Write Inc.

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