Read Write Inc
At Palmerston Primary we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) program to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centered round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI the children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- Learn to read words using Fred Talk, read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions
When using RWI to write the children will:
- Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- Write simple sentences
- Compose stories based on picture strips
- Compose a range of stories based on writing frames.
Below is further information on how you can support at home and most importantly a useful guide on how to pronounce each sound!
Supporting at home
With Read, Write Inc we are using pure sounds, (‘m’ not’ muh’, ’s’ not ‘suh’, etc) so that
your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
These first sounds should all be stretched slightly. Try to avoid saying uh after each one:
eg /mm/ not muh, /ss/ not suh, /ff/ not fuh.
m – mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard)
s – sssssnake (keep teeth together and hiss – unvoiced)
n – nnnnnnet (keep tongue behind teeth)
f – ffffflower (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out sharply – unvoiced)
l – llllleg (keep pointed curled tongue behind teeth).
r – rrrrrrobot (say rrr as if you are growling)
v – vvvvvvulture (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out gently)
z – zzzzzzig zzzzzag (keep teeth together and make a buzzing sound)
th – thhhhank you ( stick out tongue and breathe out sharply)
sh – shhhh (make a shhh noise as though you are telling somebody to be quiet!)
ng – thinnnnngg on a strinnnngg (curl your tongue at the back of your throat)
nk – I think I stink (make a piggy oink noise without the oi! nk nk nk)
These next sounds cannot be stretched. Make the sound as short as possible avoiding uh
at the end of the sound:
t – (tick tongue behind the teeth – unvoiced)
p - (make distinctive p with lips – unvoiced)
k – (make sharp click at back of throat)
c - as above
h – (say h as you breathe sharply out – unvoiced)
ch - (make a short sneezing sound)
x – (say a sharp c and add s – unvoiced)
Below are links to parental support of RWI, downloads and videos.