At Ark Swift we use the Read Write Inc Phonics programme (RWI) to get children off to a flying start with their reading and literacy. RWI is a reading programme designed and developed by Ruth Miskin, one of the country’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. The programme aims to create fluent readers, willing writers and confident speakers.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. — Richard Steele
Using RWI, the children learn to read fluently so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- Learn that sounds are represented by written letters
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- Learn how to blend sounds
- Learn to read words using Fred Talk
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions
When using RWI to write the children will:
- Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- Write simple sentences
Watch the video below to learn how the sounds (or phonics) of English help with reading:
At Ark Swift we teach our students in small groups that are organised according to their specific needs. The specific sounds and letters are taught in fun and engaging ways.
Each session lasts 45 minutes and includes a variety of activities delivered with pace and rigour. Children have the opportunity to learn sounds which are reinforced during the session with reading and writing activities – learning is put into practise.
As children progress through the levels, they are regularly assessed to ensure they are placed in groups most appropriate for them. If a child is found to be struggling, 1 to 1 sessions are arranged for him/her to catch up with the group. Children may also be ‘fast-tracked’ to a more able group when their progress warrants this.
We are delighted to report Read Write Inc. is already making an impact with the majority of children at Ark Swift achieving higher levels of reading than in the past!
What can parents do to help?
If your child would like to practise their sounds at home then please click on the appropriate level for practice sheets:
Children find it easier to learn to read and spell if they are taught pure sounds. You might like to watch this YouTube video to make sure you are using the correct pure sounds with your child at home:
Ruth Miskin also suggests that children gain a great deal from knowing a short number of stories very well. Familiarity with these stories can help children to understand how stories are structured and the different kind of genres they may encounter. Your children will be read all of these books while on the RWI programme at Ark Swift.
We are convinced that the Read Write Inc. programmes will continue to make a very positive impact on the ability of our pupils, at all ages, to develop their reading and writing.
Read Write Inc can support all children to make progress and it is particularly suited to supporting those children with dyslexic tendencies. It is a recommended resource by the British Dyslexia Association.
Should you wish any further information or to discuss any aspects of the programme, please contact your child’s class teacher or myself directly.
Miss Phoebe Row