Allerton Primary Curriculum Overview
Phonics at Allerton
We all know that reading opens the door to all learning.
A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.
A good reader will be able to read challenging material.
A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.
The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.
It is, therefore, vital that your child finds learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience.
This is the way our literacy programme works.
Who is Read Write Inc. Phonics for?
The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is for primary school children learning to read. It starts in Nursery up to year 2.
It enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. Every child who completes Read Write Inc. Phonics learns to read fluently and confidently.
Using our method:
Children in the early years learn to read confidently and fluently.
Older children with reading difficulties make fast progress.
Children with specific learning difficulties learn to read.
The Read Write Inc. programme is also used with great success to support children of all ages who have been designated as dyslexic.
The reading teacher is guided from the very beginning to help the children become confident and fluent readers (the first time they learn).
Why does it work?
All staff (teachers and assistants) are trained together by one of our trainers who has taught and managed the programme (no cascade training is used)
The children read and write for an hour each day, grouped according to their reading level. (Two, 20-minute sessions for Reception children.)
Children do not struggle because the work is too difficult or get bored because the work is too easy.
A few children who need extra support to maintain progress work with a reading tutor (teaching assistant) for 10 minutes in the afternoons to ensure that they do not fall behind their peers.
How and what do the children learn?
learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
learn to read words using sound blending
read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
after meaningful discussion led by an adult children show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
learn to build sentences orally using adventurous vocabulary
start with simple sentences and develop towards more complex ones by the end of the programme
compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.
Children are assessed so they work with children at the same level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons.
They work in pairs so that they:
answer every question
practise every activity with their partner
take turns in talking to each other.
How can I help my child learn to read?
Read as many stories to your child as you can. Traditional tales, stories from other cultures, poetry, their favourite story - talk about the stories with them.
Explain the meaning of new words. Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories.
What you read to your child today, he/she will be able to read for him/herself very soon.