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Year 1

Our Class Teachers are Mrs Aliberti and Miss Cherrill and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Curtis.

Termly Overviews

Curriculum Information

How we teach children to read

Pupils start learning to read and write by learning how to blend and segment sounds (phonemes) we teach this using the Ruth Miskins ‘Read Write Inc’ strategy.

How we teach reading and writing to pupils in Rec and Year 1 ;      RWI Book Bag Books (12 downloads)

What books do the children read at home ?

We teach your child to read using our Synthetic Phonics Programme  READ WRITE INC. (RWI)
To learn all about it click the link: A Guide For Parents

Read Write Inc. is a popular phonics scheme. Like all phonics schemes, it teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. Read Write Inc. Phonics includes reading books written using only the letters they have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught tricky words). The children will quickly feel confident and successful.

You will find a useful phonics audio guide to all these sounds in our Sound Pronunciation Guide video. It is really important to say the sounds clearly to help your child learn them. We say ‘mmmm’ not ‘muh’ and ‘lllll’ not ‘luh’ when teaching the sounds. This really helps children when they learn to blend sounds together to read words.

What is Fred Talk?

If your child’s school is using Read Write Inc. Phonics, teachers will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred once he or she is ready to start reading words.

Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs your child to help him read the word. Fred will say the sounds and children will work out the word. For example, Fred will say the sounds c–a–t, and children will say the word cat. This is Fred Talk: sounding out the word.

We teach set 1 and set 2 sounds in reception and complete this with set 3 sounds in year 1.  Phonics attainment is assessed every six weeks to inform our teaching and we do a National Phonics Screening test in the Summer term of Year 1 and this is compared to other pupils in schools nationally. Pupils who do not meet national expectations at the end of Year 1 receive intervention as they move into year 2 and beyond.

As we move further throughout the school we focus on fluency and comprehension. We look at the skills of inference and look at how language has been used to convey imagery.

At Dewhurst St Mary we encourage out children to read every night with an adult at home, this is in addition to Guided Reading sessions in school and individual reading with adults in school.