Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will do at Salusbury. So many other areas of life depend on reading so we put as much energy as possible into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. In order to do this we use structured systems to ensure our children get as much support as possible to read efficiently and effectively.
One part of reading involves the decoding of words and the use of phonics. For this element of reading w use Read Write Ince (RWI) as a phonic programme for 30 minutes per day for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 if needed. Some Nursery children will also access the resources when ready.
How does RWI work?
The children are assessed and assigned to a phonics group. Your children will work in small groups with children who are at the same phonics level as him or her. This will involve some children working with other children in different year groups. Children will be assessed half termly and move to a different group if they are making faster progress that the others. Your children will have one-to-one support if we think they need some extra help to keep up. The programme is taught Monday-Thursday
As well as being able to decode words children need to be able to understand what they have read, talk about the text, make links to real life and develop a love of books. It is therefore important that children are exposed to as many texts as possible and that they have the opportunity to read every single day in school. In Year 1 children take part in a programme called Daily Supported Reading. This takes place in the first 30 minutes of the school day and so it is essential that children arrive to school n time every day. They read in small groups (no bigger than 6) every day with an adult and the texts are finely levelled to match their decoding and comprehension abilities and so groups will change on a weekly basis. They have the opportunity to read 2 books every week and develop the skills of comprehension.
In Year 2 and beyond the children transition to Destination Reader where the skill of reading is focused on for the first 45 minutes of the day through a whole class text. Higher level comprehension skills are explicitly taught to children and they are exposed to a huge genre of text types.
What can I do to help?
We know that everyone is busy, but if you can find time to read to your children as much as possible, it helps them 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.
We are often asked what book band children should be reading at and how the book bands they read at home correlate to the children's RWI books. The document below shows you an approximate correlation of RWI books to Book band home readers and how this related to the curriculum.
However it is important to remember that for some children some children reading takes a little longer than others. Also, just because a child can decode a text does not mean they have understood it and can talk about it and so may not be able to move on until they have mastered this element as well.