“The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.” (DFE 2013)
At Twickenham, our English curriculum is designed to ensure that our pupils secure the necessary reading, writing and linguistic skills to become enthusiastic and independent writers, articulate communicators and widespread readers. We provide our children with many opportunities to develop a love of reading, writing, speaking and listening, which ensures they will have the necessary skills to enrich their lives beyond school.
Phonics at Twickenham
At Twickenham, we follow the RWI synthetic phonics programme that leads our children from the first stages of reading to the point where they can read confidently and fluently.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a highly successful literacy programme created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensures the programme has the best chance of success for the children in our school.
The Read Write Inc. programme is carefully matched to the National Curriculum, giving our children the best chance of success in national tests. It also shows teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step guidance of how to teach and support all our children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches the children at Twickenham to become confident and independent readers and writers by weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. At Twickenham, this programme begins in Nursery and continues throughout EYFS, Key Stage 1 and where necessary into Key Stage 2. Phonics is taught implicitly across the curriculum and explicitly during RWI lessons, RWI intervention sessions and our weekly RWI VIP parent workshops.