Phonics in Reception at Robert Kett
At Robert Kett, we follow the Read Write Inc Phonics programme (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. In Reception all children will learn how to recognise the sounds in words and how these words will be written down. Please click here to watch a video explaining what Read Write Inc Phonics is.
At school we use a puppet called Fred to support the teaching and learning of Phonics. Fred is an integral part of the RWI programme as he helps us to sound out words, we call it ‘Fred Talk’ e.g. c-a-t, m-a-t, sh-o-p
In Reception, all children will learn how to identify the sounds in words and how these sounds are written. There is a specific order that sounds are taught. Each sound taught has a picture and saying to help the children form the letters correctly. The first set of sounds that are taught to the children are shown below. It is important that you do not teach your child the letter names at this stage as it can become confusing for them.
Click here to watch a video on how to produce the sounds correctly.
Once the children have learnt the Set 1 sounds, we then move on to Set 2 sounds - the long vowels. Both sets are shown below.
Alien words (nonsense words)
When your child begins to bring these books home, please give them lots of praise to help them become confident readers. If they make a mistake, ask them to take another look and or model it correctly, try not to use the language of ‘that’s wrong’. If you have any questions at all, please speak to your child’s class teacher.