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Phonics

At St Matthew’s we recognise the importance of secure phonic knowledge and understanding and its direct impact on standards in writing, reading and spelling.  Across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage One (KS1) we follow Read, Write, Inc. This scheme ensures consistency in pronunciation and a focus on being able to say, write and read the sounds, and therefore is more easily applicable to other areas of the English curriculum.

In EYFS and Key Stage One, phonics is set into ability groups which enables pupils to work in small focused groups and work directly on their next steps. Pupils are regrouped regularly and tested every half term in order to inform phonics assessment and planning. 

 

Information for Parents: What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

Watch these videos to find out more about how children learn to read, write and spell using Read Write Inc. Phonics, how Read Write Inc. Phonics works in school, and how parents and carers can help at home.

Information for Parents: The Frieze

This video explains how to use the sound frieze, found in 'My Reading and Writing Kit: Early sounds and blending', to help your child to remember the sounds and corresponding pictures found in Read Write Inc. Phonics.

Information for Parents: How to say the sounds (UPDATED)

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home.

Information for Parents: Reading the stretchy sounds with your child

When we teach a sound with Read Write Inc. Phonics, we either 'bounce' or 'stretch' them when we say them out loud. This video tutorial shows you how to help your child read the 'stretchy' sounds at home.

Information for Parents: Reading the bouncy sounds with your child

When we teach a sound with Read Write Inc. Phonics, we either 'bounce' or 'stretch' them when we say them out loud. This video tutorial shows you how to help your child read the 'bouncy' sounds at home.

Information for Parents: Reading the digraphs with your child

Some sounds are made by more than one letter, we call them Special Friends. Phonics that are made up of two letters, e.g. 'sh' - are called 'digraphs'. This video tutorial shows you how to help your child read the digraphs at home.

Information for Parents: Sound-blending

'Sound-blending' describes how children learn to join sounds together to make words with Read Write Inc. Phonics. This video tutorial will help you support your child to practise sound-blending at home. Use this tutorial with the Phonics Flashcards, found in Parent Pack 1 (My Reading and Writing Kit) or available separately.

Information for Parents: Why read to your child?

Reading to your child is one of the most valuable things you can do as a parent to ensure their well-being. In this video, find out about the benefits of reading to your child.

Information for Parents: 10 things to think about when you read to your child

Watch our short parent tutorial - 10 things to think about when you read to your child.

Information for Parents: Blending Sounds Books

Blending Sounds Books are designed for children who know all the Set 1 Speed Sounds and can sound-blend words with three sounds. Watch this video to find out how to use them.

Information for Parents: Red Ditty Books

Found in 'My Reading and Writing Kit: More sounds and blending', the Red Ditty Books provide a bridge between reading simple words and reading stories. Watch this video to find out how to use them.

Information for Parents: The Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. Parents can watch our short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.

Information for Parents: Spelling

Read Write Inc. Phonics uses a method called 'Fred Fingers' to help children recognise how many sounds are in a word. This helps them to break down the word into the sounds so they can spell it accurately. This video tutorial will help you to support your child to practise spelling at home.

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