The Read, Write, Inc (RWI) “Get Writing” phonics programme is used at St George’s to teach reading and writing (including spelling). Pupils begin the programme in Foundation Stage, and they will USUALLY finish the programme some time in Year 2 (although some move through the programme at a quicker pace and complete it earlier, and some complete it later), at which point they begin RWI “Literacy and Language” programme with added support from the RWI Spelling programme and My Book Blog.
We continue to use RWI as our tool for teaching reading and writing because attainment-specific teaching guides pupils and supports them as they read and write increasingly complex sentences. With writing, we ensure all tasks are modelled first before pupils write their own sentences. Every pupil then reads their work to check it makes sense and adapts it if necessary. Pupils will only be asked to read words that they can either read at speed or quickly decode.
Pupils are assessed every half term by the Reading Leader and their progress is monitored carefully. Pupils move through the programme at an individual speed that is appropriate to their ability, not their age, and teaching is tailored to their needs; where pupils’ attainment is below expectation, we provide high-quality 1:1 provision.
Our current RWI consultant is Keely Fowkes. She usually visits twice/year to monitor our teaching of all RWI elements (Phonics, Spelling, Grammar and My Book Blog) and working with Miss Walker, our RWI reading leader. Keely is consistently very pleased with the progress children are making and the quality of teaching. Pupils are enthusiastic and active learning methods ensure all are engaged.
We use RWI home reader books (book bag books). Their content matches the RWI book your child will read in school and we can guarantee they will have the skills necessary to read the book-they should not struggle to read. These books are not "too easy" for your child, so when they read the book with ease, please celebrate with them. We usually read books at least 3 times-once to "decode", once to read more fluently and a third read for comprehension.
Should you have any questions about RWI Phonics, please speak to your child's class teacher or Miss Walker, RWI Reading Leader.
Supporting your child with phonics at home:
The following link will take you to the parent page on the Ruth Miskin website. You will then see the following video link. You can use the navigation tool to explore videos on how to read and teach sounds, how to spell, why reading is so important and the Phonics Screening Check.
How Parents Can Find Out More
For more information about how Read, Write, Inc is taught, or for how you can support your child, please follow the hyperlinks below. You can find videos demonstrating how to teach sounds, further resources and E-Books to use with your child and other supportive tools to use at home.
If you have a Facebook account, please "like" the Ruth Miskin page. By doing this, you will be able to view new videos as they are released, ask the team questions and enter their regular competitions to win resources that will support you child's learning!
Maths at St George's
At St George's we use the Big Maths programme for teaching Mathematics. You can find information about this programme below. You can also find further information in more detail on our Maths curriculum page.