When it comes to Early Reading, Gawber Primary School is very successful in ensuring that all children become fluent readers, scoring...
in the Phonics Screening Check in 2022 and 2023.
Phonics is always prioritized.
At Gawber, we use Read Write Inc (RWI) - a systematic synthetic phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7 and is a well known and successful programme that ensures all children are given the tools they need to become confident, fluent readers.
RWI is taught daily in school to children in FS2 and Year 1 and to any children in Year 2 that are yet to finish the programme. Children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their stage of the programme.
We use pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh', ect) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, 'Fred Talk'. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.
Set 1 Sounds
Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.
Nonsense words (Alien/monster words)
As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading 'Nonsense words'. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.
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