Read, Write, Inc.
At Balby Central we are passionate about ensuring that every child becomes a reader. As a school we are determined that every child not only learns how to read but that they become children who love reading.
We believe this starts at an early age so have chosen to follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme. In Early Years children are introduced to initial sounds and Fred the frog to help children learn to blend, Pinny Time and Fred Talk. The environment is also focused on the early development of language. As the children move through Key Stage 1, they are introduced to increasingly more complicated texts that encourage children to embed the sounds that they are also being taught while developing fluency, expression and intonation.
Children take home engaging phonic books which are closely matched to their phonetical understanding while allowing them to feel successful as they can confidently read a book to their adults at home.
Read Write Inc offers a 1 day, 3 day and 5 day plan and we actively encourage children to read texts more than once to support children with decoding and ultimately fluency and understanding. During Read Write Inc sessions, children regularly discuss the stories, learn how to answer basic retrieval and inference questions and share their ideas for writing activities linked to the story. Children have a secure foundation in knowing the reading routine which is consistent across EYFS and KS1.
In 2020, Balby Central started their journey with the DfE English Hub. As a reading team, we work rigorously to challenge ourselves on the best ways to teach Phonics through Read Write Inc. Every term, we work alongside a RWI consultant and literacy specialist from the English Hub. Working with the Hub and RWI team ensures the team are challenged in their approach and staff upskilled constantly with regular development days and team practice sessions with the dedicated Phonics lead in school.
For more information, follow the link to the Ruth Miskin Home Reading page.