At Linthwaite Ardron we use the Read Write Inc (RWInc.) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWInc. is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWInc., the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWInc. trained teacher or teaching assistant. In addition to the RWnc., children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own teacher.
The Read Write Inc Manager at the Linthwaite Ardron School is Mrs Kerry Wood. If you have any questions or need any guidance on the programme, please pop into the school office or give them a call and they will arrange an appointment for you.
When using RWInc. to read the children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts.
- Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk).
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'.
When using RWInc. to write the children will:
- Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds.
- Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers).
- Learn to write simple then more complex sentences.
- Compose stories based on story strips.
- Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.
When using RWInc. the children will also work in pairs:
- To answer questions.
- To practise every activity.
- To take turns talking and listening to each other.
- To give positive praise to each other.
Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) e.g. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set. Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.
Support your child at home using the guide below:
Once your child starts to blend, they will start to learn speedy reader words. These words will be a selection of common words which we would like your child to learn to read by sight which will help them to become fluent readers once they begin to read books.Please support your child with learning their speedy reader words. As children progress through the levels, the amount of speedy reader words they bring home will increase.
Reading Books Sent Home
Children in Reception who are learning the first 44 letter sounds and are not blending fluently will bring home sound sheets to practice. they will also bring home a library book which they have chosen themselves from their class library to share with you, it is very important at this stage when children are not yet blending that they are immersed in reading in other ways such as listening to stories read by parents.
Once children can blend fluently and know the first 44 sounds they will bring home a RWInc. red Ditty book.
Children on Green level to Orange level will bring home a RWInc. book and these will be changed every 3/4 days.
Children on Yellow level to Grey level will also bring home a RWInc. book as these books are lengthier, these will be changed once a week.
Read Write Inc Books: Please encourage your child to read though the speed sounds page first, then the green and red words page and then check your child understands the meaning of words on the vocabulary check page, before they start reading the book. Your child will have read this book at least three times before they bring it home. They should be able to read this book with fluency and expression by the time they bring it home and they should have a good comprehension of what the book is about. At the back of the book are find it/prove it questions for you to do with your child.