At Maple we teach from the R.W.I programme. The Read Write Inc. Phonics, Literacy & Language and Spelling schemes are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.
We use Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 who need to catch up. Phonics is the teaching of sounds in words and the letters or groups of letters that represent these sounds. Being able to use phonics is fundamental to learning to read and write. We use the Read Write Inc scheme to support the teaching of phonics/spelling throughout Maple Primary School. Our aim is that all children will have a good knowledge and understanding of phonics by the age of 7 and thus the scheme supports the pupils in the Phonic Screening Check at the end of Year 1. Some children need continued support with their learning of phonics in KS2 and for these children additional teaching in small groups continues using the Read Write Inc. scheme until their knowledge of phonics is secure. For the small number of children who continue to find a phonics based approach to spelling and reading difficult in KS2, we provide additional support in the form of our white words program, word shark and alternative reading schemes such as ‘Rapid Readers.’
In Years 2 – 6 the children continue to develop their reading and writing skills through the R.W.I Language and Literacy and Spelling scheme. The Language and Literacy is matched to 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. In addition to this we teach standalone punctuation, grammar and comprehension lessons in year 1-6 to reflect the increased expectations in the new curriculum.