How Do We Teach Reading and Writing in Reception?

Date: 23rd Sep 2015 @ 8:00pm

We teach the children to read and write using a scheme in school called Read Write Inc. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. It covers phonics, spelling, reading, comprehension, writing and grammar.


How Does It Work In Reception?

We begin by 4 weeks of intensive phonic teaching/ revision. After this, the children are assessed and grouped according to their phonic knowledge.  They work in small groups with a teacher or teaching assistant each day. Every 6- 8 weeks the children will be assessed again to check that they have made progress.  In addition to Read Write Inc the children will also be working on writing skills and storytelling in class.

When using 'Read Write Inc' to read the children will:

- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts 

-Learn to read words by blending the sounds together - Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out -Show that they understand the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove it' discussion questions.

When using 'Read Write Inc' to write the children will:

-Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds (graphemes) 

- Learn to write words by sounding them out and then writing the corresponding graphemes 

- Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences

- Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts

- Compose stories based on picture strips.


How Can You Help Your Son/Daughter?

Help them to learn the 44 pure sounds.


These are the phrases we use to help the children to handwrite the phonemes.

This video explains what we mean by 'phonics'.

This is how to pronounce the sounds.

How to teach a Set 1 sound at home- Watch this video clip

Top tips for parents- watch this!

Some games to play at home here.


Please come and see us if you would like any more information.

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