Read, Write, Inc
At Dorset Road Infant School, the Read Write Inc. scheme of work is followed to help children in Early Years develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. It is a scheme of work developed for literacy by Ruth Miskin, who is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. The Read Write Inc scheme is also followed in Year 1 to aid children's continued learning of phonics.
At the start of each new term children in Early Years, as well as in Year One, are assessed to help identify whether they have gaps (or children who are surging ahead) in their knowledge of phonics. From the start of the second term, Reception and Year 1 children are assigned to their own small group for regular reading sessions using Read Write Inc. methods. These groups are organised according to children’s specific needs, and the specific sounds and letters are taught in fun and engaging ways.
Regular assessments help to identify children who are making consistent progress and they are placed in a group where the books may be a bit more challenging. On the other hand, regular assessments also help identify children who may need extra help. This is provided on a 1:1 basis, at least three times a week.