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In KS1 our children continue to learn how to read, write and spell using the hugely successful Read Write Inc. (RWI) Phonics programme, devised by Ruth Miskin. RWI Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a Headteacher in Tower Hamlets (a Primary school in London, England). She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every Headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.

The children are assessed every 6 – 7 weeks and placed in the correct streamed teaching sets. Here the highly qualified teachers immerse the children in phonetical reading and writing using repetitive teaching strategies and rhymes. The Phonics teaching is coordinated by our two RWI Managers (Miss K McAuliffe, Year 1 Team Leader and Mrs. F Foster, Assistant Headteacher) Their roles include team teaching to ensure the best possible practice is taking place, training staff and assessing the children to guarantee they move at a good pace through the programme.

Once the children can read fluently and with good pace and intonation, the children start the ‘Literacy and Language’ programme. Literacy & Language meets the demands of the new National Curriculum in a fun and meaningful way. It is a complete literacy programme addressing the grammar and punctuation aspects of the new statutory assessments and raising attainment for all children. Drama and discussion are an integral part of the programme: Literacy & Language ensures children love writing because it is derived from what the children say and discuss.

In addition to RWI, the children have English / Thematic Topic lessons where key skills are taught through the use of a ‘Quality Text’ that connects learning to the cross curricular topic. The children engage in additional writing, drama and reading during these sessions.