Our Literacy Focus

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,

Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces

That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”

Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819–1824 


The ability to read and write is a key life skill that every child should have the right to learn. Here at Rosecliffe Spencer Academy we ensure that every child develops this ability through the use of a programme called Read Write Inc.

See our age-appropriate reading lists, with recommended books for children in years 2-6, downloadable from the bottom of this page.

 

English alphabetic code

We begin teaching your children from the very first day they walk through our doors. Our children will learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words (Set 1 and 2), then they learn to read the same sounds with alternate graphemes (Set 3).

Children in our reception class will learn Set 1 sounds to begin with before moving on to Set 2 sounds. In Key Stage 1 children will become secure in Set 2 sounds before learning Set 3 sounds.

Here is a list of Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds in the order that they are taught.

 

Please visit the following website for more information and videos about out Read Write Inc programme, including a guide to pronunciation: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Phonic books

Our children experience success from the very beginning. As soon as a child can blend the first sounds taught together, our lively phonic books (pictured) are introduced, that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words.

Your child will practice reading these books three times at school before bringing them home on a Wednesday. Your child bringing this book home is a real opportunity for them to show off how speedy and fluent they are becoming at reading.

See below for a table detailing the progression of our core story books.

Book Bag Books

Alongside these, your child will also bring home a engaging and closely matched ‘book bag book’ (see one example below). These books are matched to your child’s class story book, they will help reinforce the sounds they are learning in class at home.

What are Red Words?

You may hear your child mention learning red words at school. These are words that children need to learn to read and write by sight because they contain parts that are not decodable. For example the word ‘we’ could be decoded (Fred talked) as ‘w-eh’. The story books and ‘book bag books’ that your child takes home will also include these words. Some of the red words may only be ‘red’ until a specific sound has be learnt.

See below for a table showing at what point your children will learn to read each red word.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to find Mrs Chandhoke and ask her. Also, look out for our parent phonics session. Coffee and cakes will be provided!