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Reading is the most important skill that children must master during their time at Crays Hill Primary School therefore, we place a huge emphasis on enabling every child to learn to read. This in turn has a knock on effect on their ability to write.

We use a literacy scheme known as Read Write Inc, developed by Ruth Muskin. it is a systematic phonics programme that is great fun and pacey and ensures no child slips through the net.
The children start by learning to read 44 speed sounds which have corresponding pictures. Once they have learnt some sounds they learn to read words using sound blending. The children know this as Fred Talk. As the children see words repeatedly they no longer use Fred Talk but start to recognise an increasingly large number of words by sight, eventually only using Fred Talk to work out new words. As they progress through the scheme the children read a series of graded books to consolidate the phonic skills taught at each stage.
In writing, as they move through the scheme, they progress from writing simple words and sentences to longer pieces of writing for a range of purposes. Spelling, punctuation, good sentence structure and extending written vocabulary are all an integral part of the Read Write Inc lesson.

In Foundation, the lessons are taught in a fun and interactive way, ensuring all children are able to participate fully. The lessons are initially 10-15 minutes long, twice daily (reading and writing) increasing with the children's ability as the year progresses.

All the children in KS1 and KS2 on the RWI scheme are organised into ability groups for RWI and have an hour lesson each morning.
The core purpose of the programme is to ensure that children, as the national curriculum aims state:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading both widely and often for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use grammar correctly
  • Use discussion in order to learn
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

In addition to the literacy hour outlined above, handwriting is taught daily for 15 minutes, the children have a daily reading workshop where they get time to read a variety of different texts and high quality writing is both expected and encouraged throughout the week across the curriculum.
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