Phonics

 LEGH VALE PRIMARY SCHOOL

LEARNING TO READ THROUGH PHONICS

Information for parents

We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successfulRead Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:
  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher (Mr A Howard)
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.
To visit the parent pages on the Ruth Miskin Training website go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

 

  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;

 

  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’, and

 

  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

 

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

 

Why phonics?

Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5 – 7.

 

Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.

 

Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’. This includes children who find learning to read difficult, for example those who have dyslexia.

 

If you would like to find out more about phonics, visit –

www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/phonics or search for ‘phonics’ on the Department for Education website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education.