Phonics & Early Reading
At Hunslet Moor Primary School we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy development.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps children learn to read fluently and at speed. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at Hunslet Moor we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7, as we use a stage not age approach.
How will RWI be taught?
All children are assessed regularly by our school reading team. From these assessments children are grouped into stages, where they work with peers on the same stage. Sessions are taught daily and range from 10 minutes in Nursery to 45 minute long lessons as children move through the sets.
Letter sounds are introduced in 3 sets. Below is a list of the order of sounds, along with a rhyme that your child should be familiar with. The rhymes in Set 1 support your child in forming the letter, Set 2 and 3 rhymes support with remembering each sound.
When saying each letter, we use pure sounds (‘ssss’ not ‘suh) this allows children to blend sounds into words.
Please watch the video below on how to practice the sounds
In school we use a puppet called Fred. Fred is excellent at sounding out words and helps us to blend, we call this “Fred Talk”.
Please watch the video below on how to Fred Talk at home!
The Phonics Screening Check
To record children’s progress in reading, they each participate in a short assessment. During this time, your child will be asked to read 40 words which will be a mixture of real words and “alien words” (made up words). This check is for Year 1 children and any Year 2 children who did not pass in the previous year.
This year’s check will be taking place W.C Monday 10th June 2024
Please watch the video below for more information on the check.
What can I do to help my child at home?
- Revise the sounds taught in class.
- Your child will take home a reading book linked to the phonics sounds they are learning in class. It is important that you read regularly with your child to support fluency and a love for reading.
- Watch our RWI support videos.
- Practice the letter formation rhymes in fun and exciting ways – write letters in paint, chalk or even glitter!
If you have any questions, please request to speak to a member of the English Team via the school office
Early Reading Leader