Teaching our children to read and write accurately, fluently and confidently is the most important thing we will do.
Ofsted’s greatest focus, as well as ours here at school, is upon the teaching of reading: Read Write Inc. is the phonics and literacy programme that we use across the federation to maximise reading results.
Read Write Inc. programmes combine into a complete literacy programme which we run from the moment new pupils arrive in our Nursery, until they leave us at the end of Year 6 at the age eleven. These programmes are designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers in them all.
Here at North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery, we recognise that children who read a lot are successful at school. Reading enriches their vocabulary, their grammar, their writing and their spelling.
The more quickly they learn to read, the more they want to read and the more they understand; the less they struggle with spelling, the more capacity they have for writing what they want to say.
Importantly, if they read and write fluently, they can draw ideas together – a key skill for effective learning at any age. Teaching children to read – and keeping them reading – are the two things that will make the biggest difference to their future.
Five key principles
The five key principles of the Read Write Inc. programme are:
Participation, Praise, Pace, Purpose and Passion
To these five key principles we have added our own sixth “P”, so we never lose sight of the advancements our pupils are making: Progression.
We are proud to be a Read Write Inc. “Model School” which means that Oxford University Press, the owner of the programme, recommends us to other schools so that they can come and visit us to see Read Write Inc. teaching practice at its best.
About Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. is an Oxford University Press teaching programme, created by Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Over the last ten years, all of Ruth’s time has been devoted to developing the Read Write Inc. programme, underpinned by her unwavering belief that every child can, and must, learn to read.