How is Phonics taught?

How is phonics taught?
At Hawridge and Cholesbury we teach phonics using Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc Phonics programme. This teaching programme is proven to develop: confident speakers, fluent and enthusiast readers and keen writers.
Through the Read, Write Inc Phonics programme children:
  • Learn to read and write letter sound correspondences quickly
  • Decode and blend effortlessly
  • Spell and handwrite easily
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Write confidently using oral rehearsal
  • Work effectively with a partner to articulate their learning



What is Fred Talk?

In Windmills class, we introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred. Fred the frog helps the children to distinguish the sounds in a word.

Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs the children to help him say or read the word. Fred will say the sounds and the children will work out the word.  For example, Fred will say the sounds c-a-t , and the children will say the word cat.  The children play Fred games in phonics sessions to help the children tune in to listening to the sounds in words.

When children start to recognise letters, we practise reading words by 'Fred talking' the sounds and then blending them together to read the word.  

Once children have gained confidence with blending, they will be asked to 'Fred in your head'.  Children will then read each sound in their head before saying the word aloud.