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Parents  »  ReadWrite

We teach reading through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme 
Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Its impact is so big that we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. 

How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Ask them to show you what these are. The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call red words - ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. 

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. 

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing. 

How long will it take to learn to read well?
By the end of Year 1, your child should be able to read aloud books that are at a high level for his or her age. In Year 3 we concentrate more on helping children to understand what they are reading, although this work begins very early on. This happens when the teacher reads to the children and also when the children read their own story book. 

How do I know the teaching will be good? 
All the staff have been trained to teach reading in the way we do it in this school. The headteacher and senior teachers watch other teachers teaching to make sure that the children are learning how we want them to learn. 

What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn't do?
There is an annual meeting so that we can explain how we teach reading. The powerpoint of this is available on the school website and includeds ways in which you can help and support your child. 

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2Ddf_0Om8

If you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here: 
http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/teacher-support/17/index.html

Does it matter if my child misses a lesson or two?
It matters a lot if your child misses school. The way we teach children to read is very well organised, so even one missed lesson means that your child has not learnt something that they need to know to be a good reader.