How often will my child be taught phonics?
Your child will work in their phonics group five days a week for one hour each day. This session will be in place of the class English lesson. They may also receive an additional, one to one, afternoon session (10 minutes), if this proves necessary in order for them to keep up.
Will this phonics programme be too easy for my child?
No. Your child has been identified as having some gaps in their phonic knowledge and needing reinforcement of strategies to use sounds to read and spell words. They will start at a level that is appropriate to them and will therefore only be taught the sounds and patterns they do not already know. The programme includes many challenging words eg. straighten, extreme. Phonics is far more than just cat and mat.
How long will my child work on the Read Write Inc programme?
This is impossible to answer as it will be different for every child. However, because this is an intervention, we will always aim for your child to work in this group for the shortest time possible. Read Write Inc. phonics is not forever and your child will return to normal class lessons as soon as their phonic gaps have been filled. They will be assessed every half term and should make good progress on this programme.
This glossary will explain some of the terms associated with the phonics programme.
Best friends are a combination of two or three letters representing one sound, e.g. ck, ay, igh, oa.
To help children read, the teacher says the sounds and then children say the word.
For example, the teacher says c-a-t, children say cat, Fred says l-igh-t, children say light.
Teachers are encouraged to use Sound Talk often, so children learn to blend sounds. You could use sound talk too.
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.
Set the table with a b-ow-l/ f-or-k/ s-p-oo-n.
‘Sounds 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:
1. whispering the sounds and then saying the whole word;
2. mouthing the sounds silently and then saying the whole word;
3. saying the whole word straight away.
Perfect pencil grip
Children sit at a table to write.
They hold up a pencil in a tripod pencil grip with the non-writing hand flat holding their paper.
How can I support my child’s reading and writing?
Here are the top four things you can do.
See the other FAQs for further detail.
What will my child bring home to read?
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!”
‘Best Friends’, ‘Sound Talk’, read the word
Remind your child to read words using Best Friends, Sound Talk, read the word’
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 Sound 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 the books my child has chosen to read with me?
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 story time:
How can I help my child to spell words?
How else can I develop my child’s language?
Children will have a large vocabulary if they are part of a ‘talk-a-lot’ family:
Where else can I find information?
Watch video tutorials on https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/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: https://www.facebook.com/miskin.education
Free e-books for home reading: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/