At High Hazels we follow Read Write Inc to teaching phonics. This is a literacy programme designed and developed by Ruth Miskin. The programme aims to create fluent, accurate readers with good comprehension. It also teaches children how to read aloud and become confident speakers. At the start of the new school year, each child in FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 is assessed on their letter recognition and reading. Each child is placed in their own small group for regular sessions with a trained member of staff using the Read Write Inc. scheme. High Hazels follows Read, Write, Inc from Nursery upwards.
In FS1 children are immersed into a rich language environment and are exposed to environmental sounds, songs, stories and oral blending and segmenting. Children explore sounds through many mediums and begin to recognise key sounds in adults spoken language.
In FS2, children start the year continuing to be taught and practice their oral blending and segmenting. Children learn to listen and hear key sounds before they recognise the grapheme (written letter) for this sound. At the end of Autumn term 1, they are then assessed before being formally taught Set 1 sounds in Autumn term 2. Children are assessed and placed into smaller groups, which allow highly skilled staff to focus on the sounds taught.
When children go to Y1, they have two phonics sessions every day. Children follow a formal RWI lesson in the morning, which consists of Phonics and Reading in line with the RWI policy. Children are assessed regularly and grouped based on their abilities and gaps in learning from FS2. Children are taught Set 2 and Set 3 sounds and are taught how to recognise, blend and segment these sounds in words. Y1 children have a whole class Phonics lesson in an afternoon which consolidates their previous learning and allows for precision teaching of key sounds.
Currently at the beginning of Year 2, children have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the phonics sounds. They have two phonics sessions per day. This means that they can continue to build on the phonics knowledge that they acquired in Year 1. Most children in Y2 then move onto whole class reading. For children who are still on the RWI system, they continue with 20 minutes Reading using RWI books and teaching.
Children are regularly assessed, and their progress is tracked alongside RWI assessments.
Reading Workshop Presentation
Reading Workshop Leaflet
Click here to view phonics progression flow chart