Read, Write Inc
At Dubmire, we aim for our all of our children to become fluent and confident readers who develop a love of books. To achieve this, we use a systematic, synthetic phonics programme called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. Our children love Fred the frog who is used daily to support the children with reading and spelling activities. From Nursery, children use Fred for pre reading skills which ensures all children are ready to learn new sounds and begin to read in Reception. Children continue to make accelerated progress throughout Key Stage 1, encouraging every child to access and read a range of texts and promote an overall love of reading. Children will be taught with other children who are the same ability to ensure maximum progress and build a solid foundation of reading and writing ready for Key Stage 2. Teamwork and partner work is very important and allows teachers to observe and check what children know and move on when pupils are ready.
We believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have two Reading leaders who drive the early reading programme in our school. These people are skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the Read Write Inc programme.
At the start of your child's reading journey they will be taught pre reading skills when entering Nursery. Throughout the year this will be built upon and children gradually introduced to the Read Write Inc programme. In Nursery Spring Term, children will be shown familiar picture cards linked to each sound, this will then continue into Summer Term. As children become confident with the pictures, teaching of sounds will begin. Throughout Nursery, oral blending known as Fred talk, is a crucial skill that we be a key focus for the children. Upon entering Reception, children are taught a daily phonics lesson from day one to ensure they make a strong start. Lessons consist of a 20 minute Read Write Inc lesson building up to 45 minutes within the Reception year following the Read Write Inc expectations of progress. This will continue throughout Key Stage One, teaching children by their reading level rather than age. Pupils usually complete the programme by Year 2, some may even finish towards the end of Year One. Pupils in lower Key Stage Two who need extra support with decoding may also follow the programme. Children are assessed every half term so we can place them into the correct group ensuring they make expected progress. From this assessment, children will be identified for fast track tutoring including pinny time.
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