Reading and Phonics

How we teach reading

THRASS and Read Write Inc. Phonics programme

 

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.  We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

At Lacey Green Primary Academy, we use 2 main Phonics schemes - THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Strategies) and Read Write Inc Phonics.

Read, Write Inc is a tried and tested, highly successful phonics programme for children aged 4 to 7 who are learning to read and write. It teaches children how to both decode and understand written language to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. This is achieved by a dynamic approach to teaching phonic that is consistent across the school using the Read, Write Inc phonics resources and reading books.

Children are grouped according to their ability across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that teaching is suited to their level. Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 takes place on a daily basis, and in Key Stage 2 where applicable, three times a week. (Spelling Based)

This learning is further supported by Guided Reading sessions planned and led by the class teacher on a regular basis. This consists of small group reading using a wide variety of texts. In addition, children take reading books home to further practise skills learnt at school. A wide range of texts including fiction and non-fiction books are available from the Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby and Ginn schemes amongst others. This allows children to come into contact with a diverse range of books requiring alternative reading skills to decode and comprehend. These books are book banded and reading levels are monitored by the class teacher to ensure that children are reading books of an appropriate level. 

 

How will my child be taught to read?

 

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the (Phonemes) sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down (Graphemes). This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.

We use the words such as phonemes with the children from the start.

We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.

 

Children who join the School throughout the year are quickly assessed and put in the correct group according to their phonics ability. Children progress from Read Write Inc. Phonics to the Read Write Inc. Spelling in Key Stage Two.

 

Read, Write Inc. has 5 underlying principles – the five Ps:

1. PACE – no time is wasted during teaching sessions! Children are active and involved in a fun and creative way. The aim is for the children to complete the programme as quickly as possible.
2. PRAISE – teachers praise the children constantly throughout the teaching sessions. Children learn more quickly when they are praised for what they do well, rather than nagged for what they do wrong. The children are encouraged to praise each other and as a school we have developed several ‘Praise Phrases’ and ‘Praise actions’. Ask your child to demonstrate!
3. PURPOSE – each activity has a very clear purpose. The teacher will set this purpose at the beginning of the lesson so that the children know exactly what they will be learning.
4. PARTICIPATION – all children take part in all parts of the lesson. Full participation is gained through partner work and choral response.
5. PASSION – as a staff we are passionate about our teaching and the benefits of the Read, Write Inc. programme! We love teaching the sessions and this enthusiasm rubs off onto the children.

 

READING SCHEME: We use a selection of materials within our reading scheme.

 

  • Oxford Reading Tree

  • Bug Club

  • Floppy Phonics

  • Big Cat Phonics

All our books are coloured coded by our own system for ease of tracking and progression. 

 

Useful Links

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk 
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning.  You’ll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life.  You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.

www.bookstart.co.uk
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.

What can I do to help?

Here are some videos to support parents with the way we teach phonics:

THRASS website: http://www.englishphonicschart.com/