Reading, Spelling and Handwriting
At Rotherfield Primary School, we use Read Write Inc (RWI) as our primary reading scheme.
In Reception and Year 1 the children follow the RWI Speedy Sounds phonics scheme. From year 2 onwards we use the No Nonsense spelling scheme. Each class has 20 minutes of phonics or spelling lessons a day.
Click on the RWI image below to learn more about our synthetic phonics programme and how you can best support your child at home.
The video below shows our Writing Lead Miss Howroyd demonstrate some examples of different spelling activities you might like to use at home to help your children learn their spellings.
Children in EYFS and Year 1 focus on letter formation. They used a printed style of handwriting to ensure that they are forming each letter correctly, this supports our phonics teaching.
Starting from Year 2, we introduce continuous cursive (joined-up) writing to all pupils. Cursive writing is recommended by the British Dyslexia Association. Some of the benefits of writing in cursive are:.
- Cursive writing helps with spelling as you develop a muscle memory of the movements of each word.
- Cursive writing helps children to write quickly and generally get more words on the paper and produce better quality content.
- Cursive writing improves reading skills as once children are fluent readers, they can focus on reading a word rather than a letter at a time.
Curriculum Guidance for Parents.
Below are some Guidance Documents to help you understand what your child will be learning in English in each year group and some ideas of how you can best support them at home. Click on the Year Group your child is in for more information.