Please come into school and ask your child's teacher for further information and resources you can use at home .

At St Martin’s we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with Reading.

RWI is a phonic based approach to teaching reading. It involves children learning to read sounds and how to blend them together to read words.

RWI is a successful reading programme that enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. It aims to teach all children to read at a pace that they are comfortable with. The children learn 44 sounds (speed sounds). These are the letter sounds and not letter names. The speed sounds are divided into small groups. Once your child has learnt all of the sounds in one group, they can move on to sound blending the letters in that group to read words. The speed sound groups:

1. m a s d t

2. i n p g o

3. c k u b

4. f e l h sh

5. r j v y w

6. th z ch qu x ng nk v y w

For example, once your child has learnt to read the first 5 sounds: m a s d t they can then start to read words that include these sounds such as mat, sat, sad, mad, at etc. Your child will then learn the next five sounds and be able to read words with a combination of the ten sounds.

Types of Sounds

Pure sounds:

When teaching the speed sounds it is very important that you do no add an intrusive ‘uh’ to the end of the consonant sound. Try to pronounce them as pure sounds: ‘mmmm’ not ‘muh’, ‘ffffff’ not ‘fuh’ and ‘lllll ‘not ‘luh’. This can be quite difficult to begin with but by ensuring only the pure sounds are pronounced, your child will find it much easier to blend the sounds to make words. There is a video that demonstrates this on Youtube: search for Read Write Inc Pronunciation.

Bouncy and stretchy sounds:

To help your child remember his or her sounds we say that some make a stretchy sound and some make a bouncy sound.

Stretchy sounds are said in one

continuous sound, e.g. mmmmmmmmm as in mountain.

Bouncy sounds are said with a short sharp gap in between, e.g. d-d-d as in d-d-d dinosaur.

Sound blends:

Your child is ready to sound blend once they have learnt the first set of sounds and can say these in and out of order. In school we call this Fred Talk.

How Can I Help My Child At Home?

  • Play lots of sound and listening games with your child.
  • Read as much as possible to and with your child.
  • Encourage and praise – get them to have a ‘good guess’.
  • If your child is struggling to decode a word, help them by encouraging them to say each sound in the word from left to right.
  • Blend the sounds by pointing to each letter, e.g. /c/ in cat, or the letter group, e.g. /ng in sing. Next move your finger under the whole word as you say it.
  • Discuss the meaning of words if your child does not know what they have read.

This is a really useful website to help you to help your child at home!

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