Read Write Inc
Read Write Inc is the programme that we use to teach phonics to children in Reception through to Year 2. If any of our nursery children are ready to learn phonics, we introduce them to the programme. The clear teaching of phonics enables children to learn to read and spell correctly.
Since we introduced Read Write Inc in September 2012, we have tracked the children's progress on a half termly basis and have been very pleased with their progress.
For an information booklet for parents on the programme, please click here.
For more information on how to help your child with reading, please click here.
To see how the Read Write Inc levels match the book band levels (home readers), please click here.
To watch a short video on pronouncing the sounds, please click here.
To watch a short video on blending sounds to make words, please click here.
What the children say about READ WRITE INC
Sam: "I like practising the speed sounds with my partner."
Hannah: "I like reading. The stories are brilliant."
Aidan: "I like learning to write new words."
Beth: "It's fun and exciting."
Matthew: "You get to play sound games and learn actions to go with the sounds. It helps me to
get better at reading and writing."
Top Tips to help your child with Reading Comprehension
Understanding what you are reading is just as important as being able to decode the words. Here are six tips to help your child develop their reading comprehension skills.
- Have him read aloud. This forces him to go slower, which gives him more time to process what he reads, which improves reading comprehension. Plus, he's not only seeing the words, he's hearing them, too. You can also take turns reading aloud.
- Provide the right kinds of books. Make sure your child gets lots of practice reading books that aren't too hard. She should recognize at least 90 percent of the words without any help. Stopping any more often than that to figure out a word makes it tough for her to focus on the overall meaning of the story.
- Reread to build fluency. To gain meaning from text and encourage reading comprehension, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly - a skill known as fluency. By the beginning of Year 3, for example, most children should be able to read 90 words a minute. Rereading familiar, simple books gives your child practice at decoding words quickly, so she'll become more fluent in her reading comprehension.
- Talk to the teacher. If your child is struggling mightily with reading comprehension, he may need more help with his reading — for example, building his vocabulary or practicing phonics skills.
- Supplement class reading. If your child's class is studying a particular theme, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic. Some prior knowledge will help her make her way through tougher classroom texts and promote reading comprehension.
- Talk about what he's reading. This "verbal processing" helps him remember and think through the themes of the book. Ask questions before, during, and after a session to encourage reading comprehension. For example:
- Before: "What are you interested in about this book? What doesn't interest you?"
- During: "What's going on in the book? Is it turning out the way you thought it would? What do you think will happen next?"
- After: "Can you summarize the book? What did you like about it? What other books does it remind you of?"