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Phonics and Spelling

At Aston and Cote we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Using RWI, the children learn to decode effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

We carry out a simple assessment and children are placed in the place that they need to be in order to make the most progress. Our groups are small and pupils make excellent progress.

"The teaching of phonics is first rate. Teachers are very skilled and hold the highest expectations." OFSTED 2018

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  •  learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  •  write simple sentences
  •  compose stories based on picture strips
  •  compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

Below is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially ‘Fred talk’!

Below is further information on how you can support at home and most importantly a useful guide on how to pronounce each soundWhen our pupils complete the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme, they begin the follow on spelling scheme.

Here are the spelling lists that we use for each year group in key stage 2:

  • Aston & Cote C of E Primary School
  • School House, Cote Road
  • Aston
  • Bampton, Oxfordshire
  • OX18 2DU
  • Tel: 01993 850435
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