Ince CE Primary School is led by the light of Jesus within us all, guiding us on our individual journeys through life, so that we can grow and learn together to shine as one throughout our wider community. #Let your light shine
Our ambition is that we will Inspire, Nurture, Challenge and Enrich the children through a broad and engaging curriculum. At Ince CE Primary School our vision is that every child deserves to shine not just on their individual learning journey but also in the wider community. We want our children to thrive and live life in all its fullness (John 10:10) not just whilst they are with us but for the rest of their lives. We believe that learning to read sounds and words plays an instrumental part in enabling that to happen.
determined that every child will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or ability. We want
Children learn a simple alphabetic code followed later by a more complex code. All reading books progress cumulatively, matched to the sounds children know.
Our implementation ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives for early reading. RWI is taught discretely because we feel passionately about not compromising the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an effective reader. Children are given every opportunity to apply their skills and understanding throughout the rest of our curriculum. RWI is taught through a sequence of sessions every day.
Order of teaching sounds
We begin by teaching the children set 1 sounds. Children can start blending sounds into words as soon as they know a small group of letters well. Once the children have been taught the first 5 sounds (m, a, s, d, t), they are then taught assisted blending using the sounds that they know. During lessons children are taught to hear sounds and blend them together in sequence to make a word. We start with blending oral sounds, then progress to reading the letters and blending them together to read the word.
In RWI, the individual sounds are called ‘speed sounds’ because we want children to read them effortlessly. Set 1 sounds are the single letter sounds and set 1 special friend sounds. They are taught in the following order;
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, qu, x, ng, nk.
There are 12 Set 2 ‘speed sounds’ that are made up of two or three letters which represent just one sound, e.g. ay as in play, ee as in tree and igh as in high. These are ‘special friend’ sounds.
When children are taught Set 2 sounds they will learn:
Each sound has a list of green words linked to it, so that the children have the opportunity to sound out and blend words containing the new sound they have been taught, for example, s-p-r-ay = spray.
When learning Set 3 speed sounds the children will be taught alternative sounds/graphemes, e.g. ee as in tree and ea as in tea.
The tables below show each sound, the associated phrase and example green words for set 1 special friend sounds, set 2 and 3 sounds and additional sounds that are taught.
Nonsense words (Alien words)
As children build up their knowledge of sounds they are able to apply their decoding skills to any unfamiliar word, whether it be real or nonsense. During lessons each day children will practice their decoding skills by sounding out nonsense words. Children are unable to rely on existing knowledge of real words, and instead have to use their letter-sound knowledge. This is an important part of the Phonics Screening Check that the children complete at the end of year 1.
Learning to blend and Ditty Books
As soon as children have been taught a few initial letter sounds they begin to learn to blend the sounds together to read real words in a Word Time session. Each word time session involves oral blending of known sounds before they are shown the words written down on green cards. Children practice Fred talking the words until they become able to read them on sight. Ditty lessons follow on from this where children who are becoming excellent at reading single words are introduced to reading short sentences. Once children are confident reading the short sentences they are challenged to use their developing phonic knowledge to write a sentence.
After ditty books, the next stage is storybooks. These books are closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge. The storybooks consist of green words linked to the sounds that they have been learning, red words and challenge words to extend the children’s vocabulary. After children have practiced these words individually they are prepared to see them in context in the story.
Comprehension activities, partner discussion and writing activities based on the book, follow on from reading.
As a result of a progressive, well-sequenced and supportive RWI sessions that build upon knowledge already acquired, the children of Ince CE Primary have a strong understanding of blending sounds to read words.
Reading plays a fundamental role, not just in our curriculum but in setting children up for life long learning. Due to a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading, children will be highly competent and confident readers who enjoy delving into a range of texts, books and genres. It is our aspiration that children will leave Ince CE with a powerful understanding of heritage, enlightenment and advocacy due to the well sequenced and purposeful books that they have accessed both as an individual reader and as a class.
Children develop detailed knowledge and skills across reading and as a result achieve well in the Year 1 Phonic Screening Check.
The effectiveness of the Quality of Education and the fulfilment of our Curriculum Intent is assessed throughout all stages of learning in a systematic and strategic approach.
We aim for Read Write Inc. phonics to be redundant for the majority of our children, by the end of the Autumn Term in Year 2. However identified Year 2 and KS2 children who still require further support with phonics, also access RWI and later Fresh Start if it is needed as a catch up programme.
We monitor the impact of RWI through:
(See Assessment Policy for more information)