RWI Phonics and Literacy and Language
Here at Timberley Academy, we’re Fred’s Pal! The acronym Fred’s Pal helps us to identify how we support our children to read.
Fidelity – we understand the importance of fidelity to an SSP programme, from learning sounds through to fluency of reading. At Timberley Academy, we follow the Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme.
Reception – We know that the best way to support our children in learning to read is phonics first and phonics fast. So our reception children make a strong start on their reading journey. This includes daily speed sound lessons, word time, spelling and handwriting.
Expertise – We have a team of teachers and teaching assistants who are RWI phonics experts. They receive regular coaching, training and updates to ensure we have a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics and early reading.
Decodable books – We have RWI Book Bag books as home readers. These books are carefully matched to the children’s phonic knowledge, allowing them to succeed in reading at home as well as in school.
Stories – Only the best! At Timberley Academy we promote a love of reading by indulging the children in a range of good quality books. This not only includes the texts in lessons, but also for story time – with class story time boxes being delivered to classes full of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books by a range of different authors. It doesn’t stop there! We have a fully accessible library in school for the children to visit with their class and take books away to read at home with their families.
Progress of the lowest 20% - Our half termly RWI assessments allow us to monitor children who need extra support with their reading. The class reading profiles from Years 1-6 highlight the lowest 20% of readers and identifies the support they receive, whether that be daily 1-1 tutoring or group interventions.
Leaders – The SLT and Literacy team here at Timberley Academy value the importance of reading and ensure every child is supported on their reading journey. With support from our RWI Consultant, we receive regular training and updates to make sure there is a consistent approach to the teaching of reading across school.