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We have introduced a new programme into school to teach the children how to read and write. It is called “Read,Write,Inc” and it is one of the most successful programmes recommended by the Government, which is designed help children to learn to read quickly. It has a systematic approach to teaching reading and enables every child to become a fluent and confident reader.

How and what do the children learn?

Reading

The children:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using picture prompts

  • Learn to read words using sound blending

  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out

  • After meaningful discussion led by an adult, children show that they comprehend the story by answering questions

Writing

The children:

  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds

  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (letters which represent the sounds)

  • Learn to build sentences orally using adventurous vocabulary

  • Start with simple sentences and develop towards more complex ones by the end of the programme

  • Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts

Talking

The children are assessed so they work with children at the same level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons.

They work in pairs so that they:

  • Answer every question

  • Practise every activity with their partner

  • Take turns in talking to each other

Helping your child at home

  • Read as many stories to your child as you can. Traditional tales, stories from other cultures, poetry, and their favourite story – talk about the stories with them!

  • Explain the meaning of new words, trying to make it fun and exciting

  • Encourage your child to retell the story, predict what they think might happen and discuss how characters are feeling in the story

  • What you read to your child today, he’ll be able to read to himself very soon!

We know that children do better when they read at home and at school and when teachers and parents/carers work together to support children in their learning.

Reading opens the door to all learning,therefore, a child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

We hope that, with your help, your child will find learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience.

Click on the links below for some useful websites that may be of interest to you.