Read Write Inc Phonics
Phonics at St Sidwell's
We use Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc phonics programme from Nursery- Year 2 and where needed, higher up the school. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly.
At school we use a toy called Fred who can only speak in sounds, not whole words. We call this Fred Talk. If children can put spoken sounds together to make a word, they will eventually learn to do the same with written sounds.
Nonsense words (Alien words)
As well as learning to read and to blend real words, the children meet “Nonsense words.” These words present an opportunity to assess a child’s ability to decode using phonics. Children who can read non-words should have the skills to decode almost any unfamiliar word. Nonsense words will also feature in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.
Resources to support phonics
Follow the link for lots of free Read Write Inc. Phonics resources to help your child continue learning, including eBooks, practice sheets, slideshows, videos, and parent films.