At Palmarsh Primary School we aim for all our children to become , readers who are about reading.
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds!
More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.
We can achieve this together through:
At Palmarsh we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their Literacy development.
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps 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, using a stage not age approach. RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at .
All children are assessed regularly. From these assessments children are grouped into stages, where they work with peers on the same stage.
When appropriate, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short five minutes sessions.
In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.
Children follow the same format as Early Years but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Once children become fluent speedy readers they will move on to our schools Spelling Programme.
We use (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) 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.
Within all the RWI sessions/books children will be exposed to and words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.
Dots and dashes represent the sound each letter makes.
During the RWI session children will read the book three times and at each new reading they will have plenty of opportunities to practise using their developing comprehension skills. You may have heard your child talking about ‘
is an activity that encourages children to remember a whole sentence while focusing on spelling and punctuation.
Your child will start to bring books home when they are confident readers, relating to their reading stage. You will find they will bring home a phonics based book, this will aid application, speed and fluency- developing speedy reading! Following on from this, they will bring a comprehension based book which will begin to enrich their reading, which will require decoding skills. Only then, children will bring home enriched reading books which will enhance their understanding via inspirational language promoting depth to their understanding.
Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included.