At St Francis we follow Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc. phonics programme.
Through a combination of explicit phonics sessions, clear modelling and varied opportunities for practise, pupils have fun learning effective strategies to help them read and spell words.
In each lesson pupils will:
- Review previously learned sounds
- Learn a new sound
- Practise their new sound by blending it with other sounds
- Practice reading red words that cannot be sounded out
- Apply the skill in both reading and writing
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.
They 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.
At the end of Year 1, pupils take part in a national phonics screening check; the results of which are shared with parents. Any pupils who do not reach the expected level by the end of Year 1 receive targeted support and are reassessed formally at the end of Year 2.
Parent training videos on the Read Write Inc. website - click here
Please find below some useful documents for parents to help support pupils learning at home:
- Speed Sounds Chart
- First 100 HFW (High Frequency Words)
- Next 200 HFW (High Frequency Words)
- DfE Phonics Handout 'Learning to Read through Phonics'
- The English Alphabetic Code (Phonics International - Debbie Hepplewhite)
Here are also some useful websites for supporting Phonics at Home
- Phonics Play
- Inclusive resources
- ICT phonics games
- Jolly Phonics You Tube videos
- Very useful information to further understanding of Phonics (Phonics International - Debbie Hepplewhite)
- Videos to support the teaching of Phonics