Reading is an essential life skill that all children need to have, to be able to independent in their thinking and learning. At St. Mary's, children learn their basic reading skills through Read, Write Inc (RWI). RWI is an inclusive English programme for all children learning to read from Foundation to Year 1.
At the core of RWI is a lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn 44 common sounds in the English language and to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding).
At St. Mary's, we aim to encourage children to:
Around the school, children will be seen:
Teachers will be seen who teach according to the 5Ps:
RWI lessons are taught every morning in Foundation Stage and KS1, with children being placed in small working groups around school, according to their phonics ability. A RWI lead teacher checks lessons and ensures that children are appropriately supported and challenged, enabling same-day interventions and pre- and post-learning to take place in the afternoon.
Summative assessments happen every half term to ensure that children are accessing the correct phonics group, in addition to the formative assessments that occur in every lesson.