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Reading and Phonics


Children are taught synthetic phonics through a programme known as Read, Write, Inc.

This is an engaging and motivating programme in which the children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language.  Throughout the programme they learn how to blend words for reading, use their phonic knowledge to develop their spelling as well as develop their handwriting skills. A range of interesting and lively stories and non-fiction books are used as part of the teaching scheme which allow the pupils to use their phonic knowledge to have success in their reading from an early age. As the pupils progress, they have access to a wide range of texts which engage them in reading opportunities on a daily basis.

Guided Reading

Reading is a key life skill and one that Pennyman holds as a highest priority. To this end, daily Guided Reading session take place in order for pupils to reach the appropriate level of fluency and independence in their reading.  This approach is particularly prevalent in Reception and Key Stage One. Pennyman follows a guided reading policy which allows pupils to read as part of a group as well as individually to staff. They discuss the content of the book and answer questions to establish their understanding of what they are reading. The children access a wide range of texts which are banded and levelled within a progressive academy system.

Reading Comprehension

Following on from pupils developing their independent reading skills, it is vital that children understand what they are reading. In Key Stage Two significant importance is placed on developing pupils comprehension skills. As part of each English block of work, pupils read appropriate texts and focus on answering a range of questions which help deepen their understanding of what they are reading, developing them both as readers and writers. This is done both as a class and independently so that teachers can assess pupils ability to comprehend.



Read Write Inc.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.

Why use RWI?
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report, Reading by six: how the best schools do it.

Who will be following the programme?
All children in KS1 will be following the programme. They will have already been assessed so will be put into groups and given the appropriate RW1 reading and workbooks to follow. The programme can also be followed by older children to catch up.

How often will my child read with a teacher?
Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (Eg. the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a reading book and it is still important that you listen to your child read every day.

Where can I find out more about RWI?
The official Read Write Inc website, www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/ provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents/  has loads of information for parents.

How to find us

  • Pennyman Primary Academy
  • Fulbeck Road
  • Netherfields
  • Middlesbrough
  • TS3 0QS

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