Phonics/Learning to Read

At Weaverham Academy we teach children the basics of reading through a phonics programme Read, Write, Inc taught daily in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

The clear teaching of phonics enables children to learn to read and spell correctly. We track their progress on a half-termly basis.  Any child who is falling behind will receive additional 1-1 phonics intervention every day to enable them to catch up.

What is phonics?

Watch a short video on pronouncing sounds.

How to help your child blend sounds to make words.

How to support your child to read using phonics.

Julia Donaldson’s top reading tips.

We also develop the children’s understanding of what they are reading through a daily reading lesson and a daily story session in both key stages 1 and 2.

Six of the best tips to help your child with reading comprehension:

Understanding what you are reading is just as important as being able to decode the words.  Here are six tips to help your child develop their reading comprehension skills:

  • Ask your child to read aloud. This forces them to go slower and create more time to process what they read. They are not only seeing the words, they are hearing them too. You can also take turns reading aloud.
  • Make sure books aren’t difficult. They should recognise at least 90 percent of the words without any help.
  • Reread to build fluency. To gain meaning from what they have read they need to read quickly and smoothly. Rereading familiar, simple books gives your child practice at becoming more fluent.
  • Talk to a teacher. If your child is struggling, they may need more help with their reading.
  • Supplement class reading. If your child’s class is studying a particular theme, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic.
  • Talk about what they are reading. This helps them think through the themes of the book. Ask questions before, during, and after a session.

RWInc letter formation prompts