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Reading and Phonics

The Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics’

Throughout Reception and KS1 we use the ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics’ devised by Ruth Miskin. At the core of ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics’ is the lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. The children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Crucially, they read lively story books and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they achieve early success in reading. The more sounds they know the greater the range of texts they can read.

As the children are taught to decode and encode, they are also taught to comprehend and to compose out loud. The quicker their decoding the more they comprehend and the quicker their encoding the more they write of what they have composed out loud.

As the children have an early success in reading, the teachers in year 2 and above can put all their energy into encouraging children to read widely and often: comics and computer games, as well as literature that will propel their vocabulary growth. Their children can use words in their writing like diminutive, impenetrable, surreptitious – because they’ve talked about them in the books they have read.

And, most importantly, because they read as easily as breathing, they begin to develop a way of thinking necessary for all school learning – discursive thought; the ability to hold and develop a complex network of ideas and arguments.

The staff really enjoy teaching ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics because there is nothing more rewarding than seeing children learn to read and write so quickly.

In order to help you as parents we recommend the web site: www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This site contains advice on how to hold a book, how to pronounce pure sounds, how to encourage boys’ reading and much more.