At Heartwood Primary School we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading. Reading is at the heart of everything that we do. It should be enjoyable and pleasurable and this philosophy is underpinned in all the different ways that we teach the children to read.
Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.
We can achieve this together through:
At Heartwood, we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.
Miss Wellings is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at SWI we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading, even when we become a primary school.
RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.
See our Phonics page for more details
These skills are applied across the curriculum for the children to be 'readers' who read for purpose and meaning.
We are proud to host various reading events throughout the school year to get parents and guardians involved in the love of reading, these include: Bonfire & Books, Bedtime & Books, Stories & Sandwiches and Reading Cafes.
Children are never too young or old to listen to or share picture books!
We strongly recommend that you read to your children as frequently as you can at home in addition to them reading their school reading books to you. We have incredible picture books that the children can take home and borrow for free! Listening to stories increases children's vocabulary, understanding of the world and impacts on all areas of their development and learning.
We have strong links with our local library and the children get the opportunity to visit the library, join as a member and take out books. When you enrol at the school we will give you an application form for your child to join.
We use our amazing school library for children to read for pleasure, enjoying stories with their friends and teachers. The children participate in 'book talk' where they discuss the story that they have read and give reasons why etc.
We are proud that our Heartwood library promotes the recommended No Outsiders inclusive book list