Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to: - recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes - identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as /sh/ or /oo/ - blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
Here at Morda Primary school, we start pupils on their exciting journey to reading through the structured and semantic approach to reading with the Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme. www.ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/phonics/
This Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. Pupils are assessed regularly and taught according to their ability not age for their daily phonics and reading session. They work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant who is supported by our Morda School reading leaders. Children will have a RWI book bag book which will be sent home for you to read with your child. This will include the sounds we are learning in school.
What is the Year 1 phonics screening check? The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.