Reading is an essential life skill and at Carfield, we aim that every child will learn to read, and we hope, develop a love of books.
In Key Stage 1, reading is taught through daily phonic lessons delivered using the RWI programme. In RWI children first learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
Children are grouped according to their ability so their learning is tailored to their need; with movement between their groups to match their progress. To support and consolidate their learning appropriately levelled phonics books are sent home.
Children are taught to sound out words using Fred talk. Fred being a frog who can only talk in sounds but cannot yet blend; e.g. sh-ou-t, p-l-ea-se. This feeds into their spelling as they are encouraged to use their ‘Fred fingers’ to sound then spell words in their writing. Obviously not all words can be sounded out, those that cannot we call ‘Red words’ – “you can’t Fred a red”, and these are taught alongside the phonic words during RWI.