Curriculum Map 2016/17
The document below provides a more detailed look at our current school curriculum:
Phonics and Reading
A brief outline of Phonics and Reading at our school – for more detailed information, please read our English Policy.
Here is an outline about how we teach phonics and reading at Hinckley Parks Primary School:
- We use the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics scheme in Foundation Stage and across the school. We dovetail this with the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme too as the children get older.
- ‘Read Write Inc’ is a method of learning devised by Ruth Miskin which is centred around letter sounds and phonics and we use it here at Hinckley Parks School to aid children in their literacy.
- Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn and the more a child learns, the more he/she will want to find out.
- Using ‘Read Write Inc’, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using ‘Read Write Inc’ to read the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- learn to read words
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
What does this mean for Hinckley Parks Primary School:
In Foundation Stage: Children will start with picture-based books to encourage speaking skills whilst talking about the pictures. Children will move on to ‘Dittys’ from ‘Read Write Inc’ and will progress through the scheme. All Foundation Stage children have a daily phonics lesson.
In Year One: Children will carry on developing their phonic knowledge and in year 1 all pupils have a daily phonics lesson as well as a general English lesson. Children will learn how to blend and segment sounds. If some pupils struggle with this, then they will receive extra support throughout the school day. At the end of year one, all pupils will sit the statutory Phonics Screening Check.
In Year Two: Children will carry on with their phonics but more emphasis will now be placed on reading comprehension skills and understanding the text they have read. This is in preparation for the KS1 reading SATs test at the end of the year, which is made up of comprehension questions and the skills of retrieval, deduction and inference.
In Key Stage Two: The majority of children will have learnt all their sounds by the end of year 2 and will have become fluent at blending and segmenting them. Some children may need to carry on learning and practising their phonics and this is catered for in KS2, usually as an intervention group.
For more information about ‘Read Write Inc’ go to the Read Write Inc website and browse the resources for parents. Alternatively contact any of the teachers in school and they will provide further information.