Harris Primary Academy Mayflower rated by Ofsted as 'Outstanding' across all areas
Posted on December 2nd 2014
Read, Write, Inc.
Approach to Teaching Reading and Phonic Skills.
We are really proud to introduce the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme to our academy. Read Write Inc. is a synthetic phonics scheme that enables children to read. Children are placed into homogenous reading ability sets and then learn various phonemes (segments of sound) and the corresponding grapheme i.e. how that sound is written. Sounds are divided into 3 sets. In Year R children will learn Set 1 sounds and some Set 2 sounds; in Ks1, children will secure Set 2 sounds and learn Set 3 sounds.
The programme involves programme specific terminology which your child may talk about when they come home:
- Fred the Frog: Fred the Frog is a frog which is used as a vehicle to help the children blend sounds. Children learn pure sounds first but then need to learn to blend sounds together so that they can read a word. Fred can only read pure sounds, so the children help Fred by blending the sounds so that they can help him to read a whole word!
- Green Words - these are words which can be read phonetically
- Red Words – these are words which cannot be read phonetically.
How you can help?
In the Spring term, we will be holding parent workshops so that you have a better understanding of the scheme and learn how you can help your child to read. In the meanwhile you might find the following videos helpful which explains how to divide words into pure sounds and how to blend them.