Read Write Inc
., developed by Ruth Miskin
, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Our school uses:
Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children from Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 to 6 who are new to English. Children rapidly gain the knowledge of different sounds and graphemes; learn to blend and begin to apply these phonics skills to read short ditties and stories.
Read Write Inc. Spellings for Years 2 to 6, which has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the national curriculum. Using child-friendly characters, children learn new spelling rules and patterns and practice these words daily.
Click on the link below for more detail about each programme and links to more information for parents.
Years 1 to 2:
Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style.
Read more about it below:
Years 2 to 6:
Big Writing is an approach to teaching writing and raising writing standards that focuses on the importance of talk and oral rehearsal. Accurate basic skills; spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting are encouraged and practiced daily. Over the course of the week, children are exposed to new themes and topics. Sentence level work is practiced daily, ideas are explored, high standards for writing are modelled through shared writing and towards the end of the week, children work towards writing independently for a sustained period of time in a relaxed and purposeful writing environment.
Have you heard about the VCOP superheroes?
Victoria has the power to help people really see how things look. She holds the secret of how characters and places really feel. Although words for sights and sounds are her favourite weapons, she knows the importance of taste, touch and smell too. Victoria knows how to pick just the right nouns or verbs to give writing real power over a reader.
She uses adjectives and adverbs to hypnotise people into really seeing and feeling a piece of writing.
The Captain holds the team together and without him writing can be repetitive and boring, holding no power over the reader at all. His greatest power is to link ideas together providing a net to catch any reader.
The Incredible Opener is a master of disguise. Sometimes, he jumps up and tells the reader when something is happening. Suddenly, he is adverb. Although, he can be a link between ideas just like Captain Conjunctions. Alternatively, he can express an opposite idea. On dark, windy nights, when even the wolves stay in their dens, he can be a whole phrase! He may seem like a bit of a Joker, but don’t be fooled - he helps add structure. It’s his job to hook the reader in and keep him reading.
The Doctor’s basic weapon is the power to stop and start a sentence. If capital letters and full stops are missing, or in the wrong place, writing is weak. It will not have the power to grab a reader. His control over the reader is reinforced by the use of commas to separate ideas. They work well when combined with connectives and openers. He reveals what characters actually say with speech marks. Does he ask questions? Of course! that’s a great weapon for hooking a reader. He does not use his best weapons too often or their effects weaken. But, wow! An exclamation mark makes a reader think. An ellipsis makes a reader wonder…
Together they are our...
VCOP superheroes to the rescue!