Hello Parents/Carers and welcome to our support page!
Here we will try to ensure that we provide you with advice and information that will help you throughout the Reception Year to support your child at home to ensure your child has the best start developing the foundations for reading and writing.
Here at Swansfield Park, we use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. It is a widely used and highly successful phonics programme providing a lively and systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics. Read Write Inc. Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them
When using RWI to read the children will:
Learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.
Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
Learn to read words using Fred Talk.
Learn to read words by blending the sounds together.
Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
When using RWI to write children will:
Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences.
Learn to form letters using correct orientation and formation.
Blending: Children learn to read words by blending the letter sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets. Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat. Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.
Segmenting: Children are also taught to segment. This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.