Pioneer Academies Community Trust

Phonics

All children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 use the Read Write Inc Phonics Programme.  In Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons, children learn to read accurately and fluently with comprehension.  They learn to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Throughout the programme, children learn the English alphabetic code: the 150+ graphemes that represent 44 speech sounds.  They rapidly learn sounds and the letter, or groups of letters they need to represent them, in three sets of Speed Sounds Lessons.  Simple and enjoyable mnemonics help all children to grasp the letter-sound correspondences quickly, especially those who are at risk of making slower progress or those who are new to learning English.  This knowledge is taught and consolidated every day.  High frequency words that are not phonically regular are taught as 'tricky' words (we call them Red Words) and are practised frequently.

Phonics books are closely matched to children's increasing knowledge of phonics and 'tricky' words so that, early on, they experience plenty of success.  Repeated readings of the texts support their increasingly fluent decoding.

A thought provoking intriductions, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion help teachers ensure that children comprehend what they are reading.

Teachers read aloud and discuss picture books with similar themes to those in the Storybooks, so children build up background knowledge ready for the next Storybook.

Reading

Children read the story three times.  On the first read, children focus on accurate word reading; the second, on developing fluency; and the third, on comprehension.  Fluency and comprehension increase with each repeated reading.

Accuracy:
Children learn to
* read new sounds and review previously taught sounds;
*sound out the names of characters and unfamiliar words;
* read the story (first read)

Fluency:
Children learn to:
* read the words in the story speedily;
* track the story, 'jumping in' when the teacher hesitates;
* read the story with increased speed (second read)

Comprehension:
Children learn to:
* predict the outcome, after listening to a story introduction;
* discuss and compare key moments in the story;
* read the story with a storyteller's voice (third read);
* answer questions about the story;
* read the same story at home;
* build background knowledge, ready to read the next Read Write Inc Storybook