RWI - Phonics
Curriculum - Phonics
We teach the key skills of English (as a spoken language, read and written) discretely in literacy and in context through our carefully planned topic work . Our aim is to inspire children to read and write independently, skillfully and with pleasure.
At Woodlands Infant and Nursery School phonics learning begins in Nursery where children are regularly exposed to Nursery rhymes and songs, joining in and beginning to identify the patterns of rhyme and alliteration. They play listening games, both musical and environmental, to develop the children’s listening and attention skills as well as games that involve identifying and saying the different sounds they hear in words. As children become more confident they begin to notice and discuss written print and letters in their environment taking opportunities to talk about graphemes/letter sounds they may recognise such as the letters of their name.
When children have developed these early skills they begin to follow the Read Write Inc programme. This is a programme of short daily phonics sessions for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write. Children learn the English alphabetic code with clear progression throughout the programme; first learning one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learning to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes they know. By the end of year 1 children are accurate and speedy readers and are ready to move off the Ruth Miskin phonics programme.