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Reading and Phonics

Our top priority is teaching your child to read well and to enjoy reading.  We do this in many different ways.

  • We teach children the sounds that the different letters make (phonics) using the Read Write Inc. scheme (see below).
  • We teach children to understand and appreciate reading through daily guided reading sessions.
  • We teach children to understand how writers structure their writing for maximum effect in literacy lessons.
  • We run catch up sessions for children who need a bit of extra help. Sometimes these happen during the school day and sometimes before school.
  • We have a well-stocked library and, from Year 2, children are expected to read their library book at home every day and to bring it to school each day. Reading at home is not optional, it is ‘homework’ and children who fail to do their homework will need to attend the lunchtime reading club in order to catch up.
  • We give children time each day to read on their own for enjoyment.
  • When children have finished their library book, they take an ‘accelerated reader’ quiz and earn points for their successes.
  • Volunteer reading partners from local businesses read with children at lunchtimes to build success.

Read Write Inc.

At St Matthias School, we teach reading through Read Write Inc. Phonics.  Although reading is taught using synthetic phonics, the programme covers all of the new National Curriculum requirements for language and literacy.

The central element of the Read Write Inc. programme is the systematic teaching of all common sounds in the English language.  Children are taught to recognise the letters that represent the sounds, to put these sounds together (‘blend’) to read words and to separate words into sounds (‘segment’) to write.

Programme progression

In Nursery, children learn the first 30 sounds in short daily sessions.

In Reception all children:

  • ​Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge.
  • Take home Phonics storybooks to share.
  • Read with fluency and expression.
  • Learn to spell using known sounds.
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first.
  • Work well with a partner.

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