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Communication and Language

The development of children's spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children's back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. the number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. Reading frequently to children  and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words, in a range of contexts will give children the opportunity to thrive.



At St William of York Catholic Primary School we follow a synthetic Phonics Programme called Read Write (RWI) Ink to teach our children to learn to read. How we teach our children to read is explained and modelled by the Reception/Early years team in the Reading Information Evening for Parent's delivered in October2021.



When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'



When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)



When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions
  • To take turns talking and listening to each other
  • To give positive praise to each other



Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set (shown further down the page).


Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.  There are videos at the bottom of this page that explain this further.


Reading Books Sent Home

Children will be bringing home a book appropriate to their level once a week.  We urge that you practise this book as often as you can with your child during the week to develop fluency.  This really helps to build your child’s confidence when reading in class

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