At St Francis Xavier, we follow the Read Write Inc. (RWI) scheme when delivering our phonics sessions each day. We believe that RWI phonics provides the concrete foundations of learning for children to flourish as they grow with a love for reading throughout school. Through the systematic teaching of phonics, children are able to develop their fluency while also building upon their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Through Read, Write, Inc phonics children learn an alphabetic code, each with a matching rhyme which helps the children to retain the sound information. All reading books progress cumulatively, matched to the sound’s children are learning and already know to ensure fluency yet challenge.
Parents and carers were invited to join us at St Francis Xavier for a Phonics Workshop. Mrs Foster led the Reception phonics workshop where she explained the importance of phonics, what phonics is and how we use it in school to help children. Mrs Searson also delivered a phonics session for Y1 parents where she discussed the expectations in Year 1 and the phonics screening.
Along with daily phonics lessons, some children receive additional support with reading through 'Fast Track Phonics'. In the Early Years, children can access the provision to practise the skills which have been taught in the sessions. Children higher up in school can use resources to scaffold reading and writing where necessary.
In Nursery children begin their phonics journey by working through the stages of phonological awareness. They work through structured activities and materials that are used to teach early phonological awareness skills, paving the way for the systematic teaching of phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) later on in the year. We focus on:
After covering all these areas, most children will begin learning their set one sounds.
Useful websites for Parents
Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included.
http://jollylearning.co.uk/ - Games and information for parents
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ - many games to play
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/ - fun games for the children to play
http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html - fun games for the children to play
http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_home.cfm - fun games for the children to play and information for parents
http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/ - fun games for the children to play
http://www.starfall.com/ - fun games for the children to play
http://www.firstschoolyears.com/ - fun games for the children to play
Sparklebox - lots of resources to print off and help you support your child at home
BBC Bitesize - many games to play covering all areas of the curriculum