At St Nicholas, our Key Stage 1 classes teach daily phonics lessons to ensure every child is a successful reader.
We follow the successful Ruth Miskin
Read, Write Inc phonics programme; grouping children according to their reading ability and reading level.
Read, Write Inc is a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics. We teach children how to break down and decode words into their separate sounds components, known as phonemes. There are 44 phonemes taught throughout the programme, all of which are embedded in a range of fiction and non-fiction books. The words are taught prior to reading a book to ensure children are equipped at decoding them; we call this ‘Fred Talk’.
Fred is a
Read, Write Inc character that only speaks and understands pure sounds (sounds in a word before they are blended). How to Help at Home
Ruth Miskin has a fantastic website that offers a range of videos explaining how to support your child at home:
Please ask your child what colour book they are reading in Read, Write Inc to guide you on where to look on the website.
If you would like any further information about Read, Write Inc please speak to Miss Common our Reading Leader, or see many of the resources below.
Last week we ran a parent meeting about the Phonics Screening that Year One pupils will do in June this year.
Please find attached the Powerpoint.
Children should have also received a pack if you weren’t able to attend the meeting.
If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact your class teacher or Miss Common!
Here is a video from Ruth Miskin:
How our children learn to read Set 3 sounds at St Nicholas Primary Academy:
Sound pronunciation help for parents:
Here are some quick documents to use online or print off to help support your child with the phonics screening which will take place in Week 2
Say to your child….
“Say the word”
You’ll be amazed at how they can segment long words to read them – support them by looking for blends at the start of a word e.g. br (bright) st (stilt)
Here are some websites that you can use to help your child to read words in preparation for their phonics screening next term!
Remember in school we always remind the children with the phrases:
‘Special friends’ (this means children need to look for the two or three letters that make one sound i.e. air, ew, ow, igh)
‘Fred Talk’ (this means children need to segment or sound out the word after finding the special friends. i.e. ch-a-t / f-l-ow-er)
‘Say the word’ (this means children need to now blend the sounds together to make a word)
Here are some words to practise at home:
We are supporting our children through phonics Club on a Tuesday afternoon, they’ve been working really hard this term and their progress is phenomenal! This week it was so hot that we took our club outside. The children focused on ew, ow, and ai/air sounds. We found objects that had those sounds in, played water games and practised writing them. Well done to you all!
Parent meeting about the Phonics Screening Test tomorrow!
8:15am and 2:30pm Children welcome to come too..
Here is an amazing resource, register for free and practise reading words at home 🙂
Look at the RWI page on the school website and on Class Dojo for more resources and games to play at home too!
Thanks to the parents who came to join us for the Year 1 phonics screening meeting on Thursday.
If you were unable to attend the powerpoint and details are here:
phonics screening meeting for parents
Here are some further resources for you to use to support your children at home.
If you have any further questions please ask your class teacher!
Just a quick reminder that we would love if all parents could join our RWI Phonics Screening Meeting on Thursday 15th March at 2:15pm
We look forward to seeing you there and seeing who will win one of our RWI packs!
Our Reception children have been working hard this term; learning to read their first Red Ditty books and write about the stories they have read.
They’ve been learning to teach and support each other with the help of their ‘stick of power’. We are really impressed with their enthusiasm and confidence that they show in the RWI sessions!
Well done for all your hard work Reception 🙂