Read Write Inc

At Beech Hill School we believe that reading is the most important thing that children learn at school.rwi_logo
Reading is the key to future success.

Learning to read is like learning a code and the letters are the symbols for the code. If you know what the symbols mean you can crack the code.

In September 2010 Beech Hill School started to use a scheme called Read Write Inc. This scheme had been devised by Ruth Miskin. Ruth devised the scheme when she was a headteacher in inner London in a school where reading was a real issue. Her results were remarkable.

Read Write Inc. teaches synthetic phonics in a structured exciting way. Children will start the scheme when they join the school in Nursery and will work through the scheme until they can read confidently with good understanding. The scheme also supports children’s writing, giving them the tools to spell and compose.

What is synthetic phonics?

When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
– the sounds represented by written letters
– how to blend the sounds together to make words. Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.

At school, you will probably hear teachers talking about blending, but you might also hear them refer to sounding out or Fred Talk. All these terms focus on the same point – synthesising sounds.

Say the sounds

There are 26 letters of the alphabet but they make 44 sounds. Please take some time to watch the following videos that explain how you can help your child to learn to read.

Link: Meet Ruth Miskin at Oxford University Press