Early Reading at Racemeadow
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners. At Racemeadow Primary Academy, we achieve this by offering the following:
At Racemeadow Primary Academy, we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. Read Write Inc (RWI) is a complete phonics literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling.
Please take the time to read the below information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading. Mrs Deeming is our Phonics Lead, therefore, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with her.
Watch video tutorials on http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ to help you to understand more about Read Write Inc. Phonics and how to help your child read and write at home.
Other useful websites:
Ruth Miskin Facebook:
Free e-books for home reading:
Pupils at Racemeadow will learn jargon as part of their RWI sessions. Below is a glossary to help you understand the meanings.
Special friends are a combination of two or three letters representing one sound, e.g. ck, ay, igh, oa.
Fred the Frog helps children read and spell. He can say the sounds in words, but he can’t say the whole word, so children have to help him.
To help children read, Fred (the teacher) says the sounds and then children say the word.
For example, Fred says m-a-t, children say “mat”, Fred says n-igh-t, children say “night”.
Teachers are encouraged to use Fred Talk through the day, so children learn to blend sounds. For example:
Play Simon Says: Put your hands on your h-ea-d/ f-oo-t/ kn-ee. Put on your c-oa-t/ h-a-t/ s-c-ar-f.
‘Fred in your head’
Once children can sound out a word, we teach them to say the sounds silently in their heads.
We show them how to do this by:
– Whispering the sounds and then saying the whole word;
– Mouthing the sounds silently and then saying the whole word;
– Saying the whole word straight away.
How can I support my child’s reading and writing?
What will my child bring home to read?
How can I support my child to learn Set 1 sounds and to blend?
How can I support my child to learn Set 2 or 3 sounds?
How do I listen to my child read?
Your child has a Storybook matched to the sounds and words they know – a decodable book – so they should be able to read all the words.
Please avoid saying, “This book is too easy for you!” but instead say “I love how well you can read this book!”
‘Special Friends’, ‘Fred Talk’, read the word
Remind your child to read words using ‘Special Friends, Fred Talk, read the word’ (see glossary).
For example ‘ship’: spot the ‘sh’, then Fred Talk and blend to read the word e.g. sh, sh-i-p, ship.
Red Words are also known as common exception or tricky words. They occur in stories regularly (said, what, where) but have unusual letter combinations (‘ai’ in the word ‘said’ makes the sound ‘e’). Remind your child not to use Fred Talk to read Red Words but instead to ‘stop and think’.Tell them the word if you need to.
Read the same book again and again
Children love reading the same book again and again. Their reading becomes speedier, and they understand what they are reading.
What do I do with picture books?
One of the most important things you can do as a parent at home is read to your child. Loving stories is important because children who love stories want to read stories for themselves. Children who read a lot become better readers.
Here are some top tips for Storytime:
How can I help my child to practise their handwriting?
Remind your child:
Challenge your child to see how many sounds they can write in a minute.
Say the sound and children write e.g. ‘write m’, ‘write s’, ‘write w’.
How can I help my child to spell words?
We hope that this information has given you an insight into Phonics and Reading atRacemeadow Primary Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to our phonics lead: