At Reculver, we believe that a secure phonic knowledge is key to children’s success as both readers and writers. By providing children with daily phonic lessons, learners are taught the fundamental skills of phonics to ensure they can be successful when both reading and writing. Our aim is to teach children the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode words which is a crucial element in reading success.
Children in Reception and KS1 follow the synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc (RWInc) where daily Phonics sessions take place. Letter sounds are taught using pure phonics, blending sounds, segmenting words and learning tricky words for reading and spelling. Children begin learning set 1 sounds (initial sounds) along with common digraphs (sh, ch, th, ng, nk). Once children are secure with reading and writing words including set 1 sounds they move onto learning set 2 sounds which include more than 1 letter that make one sound and learn how to identify these common digraphs (known as ‘special friends’) in words to help them with their decoding. After Set 2 sounds have been consolidated the children move onto set 3 sounds where they learn alternative spellings for the same sound e.g ay, ai and a-e. The children’s phonic acquisition is checked regularly and the children are grouped according to their ability. Each group is taught by a trained RWInc leader who delivers the programme.
Phonic knowledge is assessed every 6 weeks and the children are placed in differentiated phonic groups delivered by trained adults according to the RWInc programme to support their progress throughout the scheme. As a result children can quickly progress through the scheme providing them with the skills they need to support their decoding and blending for reading and their segmenting skills for writing. The learning is structured around a text that each child can be successful at reading through the teaching of phonics in a structured way. Alongside this, children will be taught key common exception words to help them develop their fluency while reading, enabling comprehension. The same text is used to support the children’s written skills, enabling the children to use what they have learnt to write independently. The phonic skills taught enable the children to access the statutory phonic screening check where children are expected to decode and read a range of real and nonsense words. For those children who need further phonic lessons beyond KS1, the RWInc programme continues into Year 3 to ensure all children acquire the necessary phonic skills to support their reading and writing.