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Read Write Inc.


Here at Lydeard St Lawrence we use the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics to children in Reception to Year 2. The clear teaching of phonics enables children to learn to read and spell correctly.


Since we introduced Read Write Inc in September 2012, we have tracked the children’s progress on a half termly basis and have been very pleased with their progress.

For an information booklet for parents on the programme, please click on the link below:

Top Tips to help your child with Reading Comprehension.

Understanding what you are reading is just as important as being able to decode the words.  Here are six tips to help your child develop their reading comprehension skills. 

1.     Have your child read aloud. This forces them to go slower, which gives them more time to process what they’re reading, which improves reading comprehension. Plus, they’re not only seeing the words, they’re hearing them, too. You can also take turns reading aloud.

2.     Provide the right kinds of books. Make sure your child gets lots of practice reading books that aren't too hard. She/he should recognise at least 90 percent of the words without any help. Stopping any more often than that to figure out a word makes it tough for him/her to focus on the overall meaning of the story.

3.     Re-read to build fluency. To gain meaning from text and encourage reading comprehension, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly - a skill known as fluency. By the beginning of Year 3, for example, most children should be able to read 90 words a minute. Re-reading familiar, simple books gives your child practice at decoding words quickly, so they’ll become more fluent in their reading comprehension.

4.     Talk to the teacher. If your child is struggling mightily with reading comprehension, they may need more help with their reading — for example, building their vocabulary or practicing phonics skills.

5.     Supplement class reading. If your child's class is studying a particular theme, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic. Some prior knowledge will help them make their way through tougher classroom texts and promote reading comprehension.

6.     Talk about what they’re reading. This "verbal processing" helps them remember and think through the themes of the book. Ask questions before, during, and after a session to encourage reading comprehension. For example: 

  • Before: "What are you interested in about this book? What doesn't interest you?" 
  • During: "What's going on in the book? Is it turning out the way you thought it would? What do you think will happen next?" 
  • After: "Can you summarise the book? What did you like about it? What other books does it remind you of?"