Phonics at Merritts Brook
When teaching phonics we use a scheme of work called Read, Write Inc (RWI) which was developed by a lady called Ruth Miskin. It is a synthetic phonics programme that aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by age seven.
In Nursery and Autumn term 1 in Reception, we teach the children as a whole class using Phase 1 phonics. In KS1 and Reception (beginning in Autumn term 2) we teach the children in ability groups allowing us to focus on the children's needs in more detail. Groups are delivered in KS2 if there is a need for them.
(2016-2017; In Year 1 the Read Write Inc programme is being used as an English lesson intervention to boost progress and attainment in reading and writing. For further information please speak to a member of the Year 1 team.)
RWI is broken down into 3 sets (Set 1 sounds, Set 2 sounds and Set 3 sounds) which are worked through from Reception (Autumn Term 2) to the end of year 2. The children will learn to read and write the 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups. They will learn to read words using sound blending and write words by saying the sounds and graphemes.
Set 1 sounds
m, a, s, d, t
i, n, p, g, o
c, k, u, b
f, e, l, h, sh
r, j, v, y, w
th, z, ch, q, x, ng, nk
Set 2 sounds
ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy
Set 3 sounds
ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, air, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure, tion, cious, tious
We hold phonics and reading workshops for parents throughout the year. It is an opportunity for us to share further information about phonics with parents as well as fun ideas to help your child at home. If you have any questions or want to know when the next workshop is please speak to your child's class teacher.
In 2014 66% of our children reached the required standard in the phonics screening check. The national average is 74%.
In 2015 81% of our children reached the required standard in the phonics screening check. The national average is 77%.
In 2016, 87% of our children reached the required standard in the phonics screening check.
The national average is 81%
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