Reading and Phonics

Read Write Inc.

Here at Bewley Primary School we use the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme written by Ruth Miskin. We are dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of our children learn to read with accuracy and confidence.

At the core of the programme is the lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). As their confidence in decoding develops they are taught to comprehend and compose ideas for their own writing. The children have the pleasure of reading exciting storybooks perfectly matched to their level – so that they have early success in reading!

Reading & Comprehension

We have a rich literary environment at Bewley with the provision of quality reading material covering fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference books. These books can be found in each teaching base from nursery upwards . These books are supported by our key reading schemes, Longman Book Project, Floppy Phonics, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree along with several others to complement these main schemes.  Reading Scheme books are colour banded according to level of difficulty.

We want children to find pleasure in reading and therefore we allocate time each day to develop the habit of quiet reading throughout school. All children from Reception – Y6 take part in daily Guided Reading activities. Children should bring their books home at least twice a week with their Reading Record or Journal in which we ask you to make constructive comments. We recognise and value our shared role with you in encouraging your child in reading, not only in the strategies for learning to read but also to develop understanding, give opinions and extract information. 

Classrooms contain a rich variety of books for reading or sharing and class readers are enjoyed by teachers and pupils alike. We want children to develop a love of books, an enjoyment of reading for pleasure and a mastery of this essential life skill. 

Vocabulary Development, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

From the earliest stages in a child’s learning we encourage them to be interested by words and language. We help them to develop their vocabulary and to understand how words are made from a series of sounds blended together (phonics). This enables children to begin early reading and to spell simple words. As they move through school, children learn about word classes and derivations, sentence structure, grammar and spelling conventions. We teach them technical vocabulary associated with the different subjects in the curriculum and its use is encouraged and expected.