Our Approach to teaching Reading through synthetic Phonics

We use a published scheme for the teaching of phonics: ‘Read Write Inc.’

“Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Children are able to experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.” ” (taken from: overview *RWInc. *tm).

Our reading scheme builds on from the ability to recognise, blend and segment the sounds letters make into words leading to early word recognition and decoding text. We build on the skills from our phonic teaching using phonic based reading books that are aligned to the sounds children are learning in phonic lessons. ‘RWI phonic Book Bag books and Floppy’s phonics’.

Once children are proficient in using the sounds letters make and can blend these into words, children begin to use the wider reading scheme ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ which is differentiated by reading age, complexity and includes a range of genres, fiction and non-fiction texts. Children move from learning to read text and are able to build their skills in comprehension and analysis of what is being read.

Our aim is for all children to develop the skills of reading widely and fluently and that children enjoy reading for both pleasure and meaning.