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15/01/21

BREAKING NEWS - Our PL Family has expanded!! Let me introduce you to.... oh wait! They need names!! All pupils will be able to vote with a naming competition on Purple Mash starting on Monday 🐰🐰 https://t.co/Z0kieREwe4

11/01/21

Today, the magical Mr Kelman packaged up over 50 Free Food Parcels that will go out to our school community 🍎🍐🍞🍳 https://t.co/EMai4uiotz

03/01/21

Want outstanding online learning? Then plan for it! Fail to plan; plan to fail. NOT US. Tomorrow’s staff training schedule! Looking forward to it! https://t.co/sJWzBPdTfc

03/01/21

Our amazing art teacher once again finds the exact word to inspire our community and gently encourage us forward… what a blessing Ms Tarr is. https://t.co/0tgW9N8MUz

01/01/21

Please know we were always busy planning for remote learning. We are excited that it will be even better this time round and more ‘live’ teaching for those at home. We will do our best for you! As always. https://t.co/VtAUBRNIXv

01/01/21

In response to welcome U-turn of Gov decision we will be OPENING ONLY TO VULNERABLE PUPILS AND CHILDREN OF CRITICAL WORKERS. See letter to parents on website. https://t.co/IE4jD3N05W. If you are unsure of anything please call the school office. https://t.co/0QNgMZcMID

01/01/21

KEEP AN EYE ON THE NEWS. We will update as soon as official decisions are made. https://t.co/p0N6S4FKGp

01/01/21

SCHOOL OPENS TO ALL PUPILS ON TUESDAY 5th JAN. See letter to parents. https://t.co/I2IKrUdIw5 We worked hard to stay safe before Christmas: we will work even harder, be even more vigilant, take even more care. If your household shows symptoms DO NOT bring chn to school. https://t.co/ZuhIVw2N7l

19/12/20

We’re so glad to hear this and to hear that it’s made a difference to what will be a strange Christmas for many. Wishing you and your family a safe Christmas.

17/12/20

And last but definitely not least is Years 4, 5 and 6 https://t.co/Zyy2yrhWxw

17/12/20

Next up is the amazing Years 1, 2 and 3!! https://t.co/0Cpz6SlgHV

17/12/20

A HUGE DRUMROLL... Our Christmas Nativities are here!! Although they're virtual this year they are beyond amazing and a BIG thanks to Mr Delaney & Ms Hastings for creating these fantastic performances! Nursery & Reception: https://t.co/ifxPAijhdd

17/12/20

Here are Y6 performing Jingle Bells https://t.co/N3IG4kAULW

17/12/20

We're sorry that parents have missed out on our usual end of term strings concert - here are some recordings the children did in their final session - harmonising Jingle Bells. Congratulations Year 4 WCIT, Year 5 and 6 Continuers for all the fantastic progress they've made! https://t.co/qwoLO7M6Yx

16/12/20

Enjoy the festive break with a brand new experience from 'Punchdrunk' - a story telling and story writing experience created for children and their parents/carers to enjoy. https://t.co/Zl0WSo3gYw

14/12/20

Santa has arrived at Philip Lane! Our pupils were incredibly excited when they heard the bells from Santa’s sleigh and let’s not forget the astonished look on their faces! 🎅🏼 🛷 🎄 https://t.co/vyBrGTl4YJ

10/12/20

We are so so sad to have to close our Reception bubble today. We want to wish all of our wonderful Reception children and their families a very safe and happy Christmas 2020. https://t.co/n4Aha3YYVB

08/12/20

Festive spirit is well and truly taking hold at HPAPL. Some traditions at Philip Lane continue despite the strange year. 🍊🎄 https://t.co/emIPIBM28k

08/12/20

Nursery we’re fantastic during the filming today. We can’t wait to show you the final video! ⁩ ❄️😇 https://t.co/8Z6vIRodO2

04/12/20

Our Newscasters of the future displayed their reporting skills this afternoon. They used their brand new iPads whilst reporting on the 1960 Validivia earthquake in Chile as part of their geography lesson about earthquakes https://t.co/Tjnq0xqZF3

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The ability to read and write is a key life skill that paves the way to success at school and in the world beyond. Read Write Inc. is the programme we use to teach children to read and write. Children learn phonemes (segments of sound) and the corresponding grapheme (the letter/s that represents the sound). Sounds are divided into 3 sets. In Reception children will learn Set 1 sounds and some Set 2 sounds; in Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1), children will secure Set 2 sounds and learn new Set 3 sounds.

Here is a list of Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds, in the order that they are taught:

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To begin children are taught individual sounds daily during 'Speed Sounds' sessions. After these have been learnt, children begin to learn how to blend these sounds into words during regular 'Word Time' sessions. Word Time sessions are repeated while new sounds are learned and these are then incorporated into further Word Time sessions.

How can you help?

Please ask your child about their learning in phonics each day. This consolidates what they have learnt that day. It also helps them recognise that reading and writing are important in every part of their life, not just phonics. 

You can also read more about our Phonics programme by visiting the Ruth Miskin website https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

How you can help your child at home

Teachers read aloud to children every day which develops their listening and comprehension skills. Our aim is to develop a passion and a love for reading high quality texts in our children. You can help with this by reading with your child each day at home. Read books with them so they develop their reading and comprehension skills and read to them so they hear what fluent reading sounds like. 

Green words

'Green' words are phonetically decodable words that the children learn to read. They allow children to become fluent readers. Regular reading of these words ensures children are able to recognise/read them quickly. They can then use their knowledge of these words to read similar words more quickly.

Children learn the green words in accordance with the Set 1 sounds they are learning at that time. 

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Please find links to documents containing all the green words for each set below.

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Red words

These are words that children will need to learn to sight-read because they contain parts that are not decodable. For example the word 'me' could be decoded as 'meh', but children must learn the correct pronunciation and spelling. They might only be red words until a specific sound is learnt or because people pronounce them differently in different parts of the country.

Nonsense words

Nonsense words (also known as Alien words) are made-up words using a combination of sounds the children have learnt. Research has shown that incorporating nonsense words into teaching reading can be an effective way to establish blending and segmenting skills. However it is important to ensure that children understand that they are reading nonsense words (and why) so that they are not confused by trying to read the words for meaning. By reading nonsense words children develop their ability to decode individual sounds and then blend them together to read. They are an indicator of early reading skills and work as a quick, reliable and valid way of assessing children. However reading nonsense words is only a small part of the Read, Write Inc. phonics teaching. 

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Below you can find some examples of nonsense words for each stage of Read, Write Inc. Of course, any number of nonsense words exist and the following lists are only to give an idea of the kinds of words that might be used.

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Fred Talk

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Fred is our Read, Write Inc. mascot/friend. He can only speak in sounds though, so we have to help him learn to say words, instead of sounds. For example Fred says 'c-a-t' instead of cat. We also teach him not to add 'uh' to our sounds in order to keep them pure. For example we say 'c' and not 'cuh'.

Fred Fingers

We use 'Fred Fingers' to help make the transition between oral sounding out and spelling with magnetic letters or on paper.

Firstly we count how many sounds we can hear:

"cat, c-a-t, 3 sounds".

Then we hold up that many fingers.

For each sound we use our other hand to squeeze a Fred Finger and say the sound

"c-a-t".

Watch out - words such as fish needs 3 Fred Fingers - "f-i-sh". Words such as flight need 4 Fred Fingers - "f-l-igh-t".

As children become more confident with their sounds and spelling words they will move away from using their Fred Fingers and instead rely on sounding out in their head.

 

Read, Write Inc. books

After children have learned enough sounds they will begin to read 'Ditty' books in their Read, Write Inc. lessons, as well as continuing Speedy Sounds and Word Time sessions. Ditty books contain 3 short stories that the children read and these stories are made up from green and red words.

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Following Ditty books children continue to read groups of books that have been specially written to support progress through the scheme. These books follow their own colour scheme and do not tie in with the home/school reading book bands.

Each colour band contains 10 main books, with extra books to support non-fiction reading as well. Children are taught to read the 'green' and 'red' words at the beginning of each book, before checking understanding using the 'vocab check' page. The children also talk about the upcoming story to make links to their own experiences before reading the book, usually 3 times. The first time is to practise decoding the words, the second time is to practise expression and the third time is to read for comprehension. Each book focusses on a particular sound or set of sounds, allowing the children to practise the sounds that they have been learning most recently. 

Writing in Read, Write Inc. sessions

A typical Read, Write Inc. session contains a mix of learning and practising sounds, reading and writing. Each of the coloured storybook bands have a matching 'Get Writing' book that contains activities that the adults can use to build on the reading activities the children will have completed. The activities are designed to support the learning of sentence structure and grammar but also developing vocabulary and generating ideas for writing. Activities often include:

Hold a sentence - listening to, orally repeating and then writing a sentence linked to the book they were reading.

Edit a sentence - correcting errors in a sentence, for example missing capital letters, punctuation and spelling mistakes.

Build a sentence - writing about a stimulus, often a picture from the storybook they were reading, for example filling in a speech bubble, completing a 'Wanted' poster or writing a simple recipe.

If you would like any further information regarding phonics at HPAPL, our Literacy Lead Miss Durrant and Read Write Inc. Lead Mr Kelman would be happy to help you.