At Keresley Academies, we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics and spelling program.
Children begin their Phonics learning in Early Years where they are introduced to the phonemes (sounds) linked to the letters of the alphabet. Children use these to blend and segment simple words when reading and writing. Children then begin to learn the different phonemes, moving on to learning different ways of spelling each of the phonemes. Children use these phonemes to segment and blend more complex words, consolidating this by reading and writing simple sentences. At the end of Year 1 children will be tested on their phonics knowledge, using a national test featuring 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense). Our intention is to equip children who are 5 with the phonics knowledge and skills they need to be fluent readers by the age of 7.
Most children are ready to begin our Spelling program during Year 2. Read Write Inc. Spelling allows children to see connections between phonics, spelling patterns, rhyme and root words. This program moves progressively as children move through the school, building on previous knowledge. Each year group has a list of words and spelling patterns they are expected to be able to spell by the end of the year. You can find these on the Learning Resources for Home section of our website.
Children are taught phonics and spellings in short daily sessions, enabling children to build up the segmenting and blending skills they need to writing and reading. Each week children will have a spelling test, focusing on key phonics and spelling patterns they have practised during the week. You can support children by practising these at home. These words can be found in children red spelling book or using Spelling Shed.