Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
Here at Chopwell we use the Read Write Inc. program. We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. (Ask them to show you what these are).
The children also practise reading (and spelling) of what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They soon start to believe in their own ability to read and this does wonders for their confidence.
The teachers regularly read to the children too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.