Here at Mercer’s Wood we use a synthetic phonics scheme to teach early reading skills called Read, Write, Inc. The programme gets children reading quickly, accurately and fluently. Every child’s progress is tracked through ongoing assessment and children are grouped by ability so they all learn rapidly and at the right level. Lots of partner work means that every child participates in the whole lesson. The programme starts with the forty-four initial phonemes that the children need to know then develops into blending, segmenting and looking at graphemes for spelling.
Read Write Inc. unites the important skills of reading & writing, speaking & listening and spelling & grammar. The children write daily, rehearsing aloud what they want to write, before using their ‘Fred Fingers’ to spell any new or tricky words. Children are taught from day one how to form letters correctly and practice handwriting every day.
Please do come in and talk to your child’s class teacher if you would like any further information or advice on supporting your child with reading and phonics.