At The Trinity we teach Read Write Inc (RWI), an inclusive synthetic phonic programme to teach our children to read, to write and to spell. We have adopted this as our whole school approach as the programme facilitates a graduated and tailored approach to learning basic sounds and letter formation before advancing to more complex sounds (special friends), accuracy, fluency and comprehension. The programme moves with integrity from learning to read to reading to learn. “Teach a child to and keep that child reading and you will change everything. And I mean everything!”
RWI lessons are taught every day day as the continuity and fidelity of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed learning. The children work in small groups according to their ability which also aids their confidence and competence. All groups are assessed by our school’s Reading Lead every half term to match the pace and the progress of each child. The assessments also allow to identify where 1:1 interventions may be required (Fast Track Tutoring, FTT) in order to meet the expectations of both the Phonics Screening Check and end of Key Stage 1 expectations.