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Reading & Phonics

In Year 2, your child will continue to be taught phonics and reading using the RWI (Read, Write, Inc) programme until they are ready to exit the programme.  The RWI programme ensures that your child learns how to 'read' the sounds in words and how these sounds can be written down.  This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn how to spell well.  We teach children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.


The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call 'tricky words', such as 'once' and 'said'.  They practise reading with books that match their phonics and the 'tricky words' they know.  They start believing in themselves as successful readers and this does wonders for their confidence. Each week we will send home the RWI paper copy of the book your child is reading in class with their teacher and a Book Bag Book which is also matched to your child's phonic ability. We will also send home spellings each Friday to be learnt for the following week.


Children who have successfully completed the programme move on to RWI spelling and Whole Class Reading using a class novel carefully chosen to help them meet age related expectations in Year 2.


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