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At Nields Academy, we use Read, Write Inc. (RWI) as our Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme. This programme is followed with rigor and fidelity by all teachers and teaching assistants.

Through daily dedicated Phonics sessions we teach the children to:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts and mnemonics
  • learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fiction books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • work well with partners
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find it' and 'Prove It' discussion questions

Children working within the Read Write Inc. stages have their 'Learn to Read' home reading books selected by the class teachers and teaching assistants to match the sounds that they are currently working on or need to practice. This way the books become a focused tool to support progress.

Individual phonics assessments are completed for all children working within Read Write Inc. every half term (sometimes more frequently). Teachers then use this information to support pupils in moving forwards. Continuous formative assessment is carried out during lessons and this is used to inform any same day intervention or catch up.

Children who have been identified as ‘working below the required standard’ should have daily intervention until back on track. We continue to use Read Write Inc. structures and processes for intervention.

For more information, please watch the below vidoes:

For free resources, visit the parent pages on Ruth Miskin Training website.


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