Phonics & Spelling Schemes

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Read Write Inc

In 2018, 90% of children at Blacklow Brow School passed the phonics screening check in Y1 which was 7% above the National Average.

Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centred on letter sounds and phonics, and we use it here at Blacklow Brow School to aid children in their literacy.

Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Using Read Write Inc. the children learn to read 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.

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice


Spelling Shed

Learning and spelling words is important to your child’s future. Spelling words help lay the basic foundation that your child will need throughout their education and life. Spelling is important because it aids in reading. It helps cement the connection that is shared between sounds and letters.

At Blacklow Brow school we use the ‘Spelling Shed’ app to help our children to learn their spellings. The Spelling shed is a whole school spelling scheme giving 100% coverage of the national curriculum. It is fully controlled by the class teacher and enables each child to have custom spelling lists created for their ability. The scheme is accessible at home on a tablet or phone so that children can practice their spellings as part of their homework in a fun and engaging platform with games to play.

Teachers set weekly spellings to be tested in school and these are set via the app. The spelling shed is dyslexia friendly using the ‘open dyslexic’ font and has three levels of difficulty to support pupils of all abilities through appropriate challenge.

Parents at Blacklow Brow School say the spelling app engages their children and provides interesting ways of practising and embedding spellings.

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