I have been teaching Read Write Inc for the last 3 years now, so below is a review based on my personal opinion of the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ or the scheme.
I think read write inc is a great scheme. I have witnessed children making rapid progress in the sessions due to the layout of it.
A lesson starts with speed sounds. This includes children reading a range of previously taught sounds and identifying them in words too.
Children are there introduced to a new sound and practice saying, reading and spelling the new sound in words instantly.
I think this is great, and it works really well with children putting what they have learnt into practice straight away.
Throughout the range of colour levels children also read aa variety of books which inlcude different focus sounds.
Through these books they read it for fluency, comprehension, and expression. Which is again another plus as children gain a sense of success when they know they CAN read the book.
I think the assessments and level of support that comes with read write inc is great too. We have a lady who comes and checks all children are working at the correct level and helps to refresh staff with aspects of the training – such as how to do an intervention.
With all this in mind I think the scheme is pretty amazing, but….
You definitely need to be mindful of those children that aren’t grasping the ‘pace’ of the lesson and are always behind. Pace is seen as such an important thing within RWI, but to me this can hinder children’s progress if you are focused on getting everything done in a lesson as apposed to how much understanding and quality teaching children are getting from it.
I have definitely slowed lessons down to help children grasp and really understand aspects of the lesson – this really helps!
I also think the comprehension side of the scheme doesn’t cover as much as I would like it to. Children ask questions to their partner about the book at a certain point and the teacher also asks children questions. However, the group that I teacher are a mix of year 1/2 so I have started to get children to read and write their answers to questions. I think this is beneficial to all children but also very important for year 2 to grasp due to the layout of the SATS tests.
The books also need added resources to boost children’s imaginations and enjoyment for learning as seen and recommended by Read Write inc above!
Like always, let me know your thoughts 🙂