Children have a varied and creative approach to English at Fordbridge. Throughout Reception, Year1 and Year2 children follow the RWI programme, where they learn phonics, reading for fluency and comprehension, letter formation, spelling, vocabulary and sentence skills. They also have two creative writing lessons per week in order to enhance their writing and to ensure our children have lots of writing opportunities. In addition to these English lessons, Guided Reading lessons take place everyday.
When the children have completed the RWI programme during year 2 they then move onto the English curriculum. Years 3 - 6 also follow the overview above. Each half term, the children complete a different unit of work based around a novel, visual literacy or a unit linked to their theme. During each unit of work, children will have opportunities to produce a variety of different writing for different purposes. We ensure our English lessons are fun, creative and develop children's writing and spelling skills each day. Children in years 3-6 also have guided reading lessons four times a week and a handwriting lesson at least once a week.
RWI - Read Write Inc Phonics
Here at Fordbridge Primary we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading. RWI is a method of learning centred around a systematic approach to letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
learn that sounds are represented by written letters
learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
learn how to blend sounds
learn to read words using Fred Talk
read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to write the children will:
learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
write simple sentences
Use adventurous vocabulary within their writing
Spelling at Fordbridge Primary
Read Write Inc. Spelling (new edition) for Years 2 to 6 has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the new curriculum spelling appendix.
- Spelling rules and concepts are introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet
- A range of fun activities teach children adventurous words and build their confidence
- Every child’s progress is recorded in pupil Log Books
- Children are prepared for the spelling component of the Key Stage 1 and 2 statutory assessments
During phase 1 children will learn to spell through RWI phonics and a key word approach.