Phonics at The Meadows
Phonics at The Meadows
All pupils within the Semi-formal and Formal pathway at the Meadows school will be given the opportunity to develop their phonics skills, if appropriate. As a school we follow Read Write Inc., a phonics programme that is used to support children with their reading and spelling. We also draw upon other approaches that may support individual children. The DfE would state the selected synthetic systematic programme must be taught with “fidelity”. Staff at school have the flexibility to adapt their pedagogy to meet the needs, strengths and motivations of their students, within the structure of Read Write Inc’s cumulative progression of sounds and books.
Students currently access phonics sessions within there own class groups, these are delivered at the appropriate level after students have been assessed.
The students are taught the sounds in 3 sets.
Set 1 Sounds: are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.
The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident will all set 1 and 2, they are taught Set 3 Sounds.
Students are introduced to the different sounds in a speed sound lesson.
The following link provides lots of free Read Write Inc. Phonics resources to help your child, including eBooks, practice sheets and short clips for parents or carers.
To help at home with reading:
Students will start to bring books home when they are confident readers. Students take phonics-based books home and they have a PM Benchmark reading scheme which consist of High Frequency Words to support reading further. This is because the PM philosophy highlights that student learn well if they are encouraged to use a variety of skills, processes and behaviours, rather than a particular method or approach. Students also select a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ text, from either the reading corner within classes or personally ordered through the class teacher. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. Interestingly, reading for pleasure also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the views of others.