Reading & Phonics
Effective Phonics teaching and learning is essential for high attainment in reading and writing. Additionally, confidence with phonics is integral across the curriculum and used in all subjects. Achievement in this area benefits every area of pupils’ development and the school as a whole. In order to move Southminster’s phonics teaching forwards, it has been necessary to implement a clear and consistent inclusive teaching scheme.
Read Write Inc is a literacy programme that helps children learn synthetic phonics. The scheme includes both a phonics and reading focus. The sessions happen every day as the continuity and pace of the programme is essential to increasing the speed of children’s reading development.
Teaching & Learning Style
Read Write Inc is based on 5 Ps.
Praise – Children learn quickly in a positive climate.
Pace – Good pace is essential to the lesson.
Purpose – Every part of the lesson has a specific purpose.
Passion – this is a very prescriptive programme. It is the energy, enthusiasm and passion that teachers put into the lesson that brings the teaching and learning to life.
Participation – A strong feature of Read Write Inc lessons is partner work and the partners ‘teaching’ each other.
Key Stage 1
Phonics sessions take place from 9:00 – 10:00. Children are streamed into attainment groups to make sure teaching and learning is at the correct level for their current achievement. Some groups will contain a mix of year groups. In the afternoon, Phonics is taught in class and not streamed – this session is to fill any gaps and consolidate learning for rapid improvement. Where necessary KS2 children will join a group to meet their needs. KS1 children are assessed at least once per half term. Teachers use Read Write Inc reading books during Phonics sessions.
Key Stage 2
Children identified as being below national averages for phonics and reading receive additional support through targeted Read Write Inc sessions or by joining KS1 phonics sessions where necessary. For those pupils in KS2 who are meeting ARE, reading is taught in daily reading lessons.
Special Educational Needs
SEN pupils are fully involved in Read Write Inc lessons as children work in groups with others who are at their level.
Teaching is geared to the speed of progress of each group. Additional 1:1 tuition may take place, but this will be identified by teachers in conjunction with the Phonics Lead.
The Phonics Lead identifies children who are below expected attainment for their age. These children will receive additional one-to-one or small group phonics teaching from support staff in class, timings at teacher discretion. Children significantly below expected attainment are regularly assessed to support progression.