Posted 08 March 2009 - 09:51 AM
Read write inc is a phonics programme that also incorporates reading and writing. It was devised by an experienced primary teacher and head, Ruth Miskin. The first set of sounds are taught first which are basically a-z, th, ch, sh, ng and nk (q is taught as qu) there is lots of oral sound blending amongst this and begin to read and make words using magnetic letters. When they are able to sound blend independently they move onto ditties which gets them reading and writing. They practise the sounds for the day, then we look at green and red words, which will basically give them all the words needed to read the ditty. They then read the ditty. All of this is done with their partner, one as teacher one as pupil, then they swap over. There is some other activities linked to comprehension after they have both read the ditty. There is then a sentence that we learn linked to the ditty e.g. a man in a hat. They then try and write it as independently as possible. After this stage they move onto storybooks where there are similar activities and also a writing task related to the story. These activities for the storybooks are spread over 3 days. There is also lots of praise and celebrations - the children are encouraged to use them to praise each other as well. There are also specific assessments to help group the children accurately. We have 5 groups in year R split between 2 teachers, 2 TA and 1 SNA. Year 1 and 2 have mixed groups until the year 2's have reached the stage where they don't need it anymore which is the majority of them by this time of the year. AFter Easter year 2 will be stopping altogether and year R will be joining up with year 1.
The majority of our children really enjoy it and when we don't have sound groups for whatever reason they are really disappointed. I don't think we do anything majorly different to the programme although I must admit I don't always fit everything in so I do have to be flexible. As for where we expect the children to be. I would think that there will be 1 group reviewing the sounds and doing word time, one or two groups at different stages of ditties, one group on green storybooks and one on purple. Our most able children will have been working with the year 1 children and I would expect them to be on pink and orange books.