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Read Write Inc – The Pros & Cons

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.

The Pro’s

Read Write Inc.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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….

 

The Con’s

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!

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/preparing-a-read-write-inc-storybook-for-teaching/

Like always, let me know your thoughts 🙂

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Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!

  1. So I recently blogged about my passion and eagerness to get started with all the things I have learnt through the training with Alison Philipson.

I feel like our ‘Theme’ subject in year one has had a great turn around. The children have formed simpler sentences and we have spent more time practising and creating actions for sentences before writing them down. This has allowed children to focus on remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and we are just practising that non stop!

I also encourage children to use their environment to help them write. Including prompts and tricky words that are displayed on a working wall.

Here is an example of how the use of talk for writing has helped a child write independently:

We used talk for writing to create a recount of our winter walk.

As you can see, this child hasn’t constantly remembered to use capital letters and full stops but has attempted to use them in most sentences. This is a child that previously forgot to put them in at all without a prompt! This child has also done a brilliant job at using their phonics knowledge to spell words.

I think for the end of January this writing is great and I can’t wait to see the outcomes in July!

Many more writing outcomes to come!

I have also set up an assessment folder based on AP Literacy assessment. It gives a clear link to the National Curriculum and where a child is at if they are working towards, meeting or greater depth.

I am going to assess each child with this, noting down what they can do independently.

Keep a look out for more writing posts!

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Spread the happiness

I was lucky enough to participate in some training with Shonette, the lady that created spread the happiness.

I absolutely loved it! The energy Shonette has is great and I think the energy levels of children definitely rely on the energy given by the teacher too.

Shonette discusses how being happy impacts on children’s learning.

Every so often a phone alarm went off during the training, known as the dance alarm! This is when everyone stops and has a little dance.

How great would that be for the children? I would love to have a go at the dance alarm to lift children’s energy and happiness during different parts of the school day!

Shonette is well known for creating dough disco to help young children’s fine motor skills too!

There are so many activity ideas and videos for the early years on Shonettes website.

Take a look it’s great:

https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk

Shonette also discusses the term ‘Lemon suckers’ those members of staff that suck out your happiness! You may be in a great mood then something or someone just squeezes it out of you with negativity. Her advice is to write the names on a piece of paper and sing the song let it goooooo (we all know the tune) as you throw it out!🙈😂

I think this is a great idea! I think teachers always look at the bad. Look at what went wrong all the time but are hardly ever proud of what went right. Being acknowledged and appreciated for all of the hard work certainly makes my day! If all you hear is criticism you could easily think you aren’t doing a good job! ‘Let it go’ is definitely my motto after I come across any lemon suckers ☺️👌🏾.

Let me know your views!

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Philosophy for children?

Philosophy for children (P4C) is a topic I came across in my first year of my MA in Education. It’s one that is full of great debates but the more I researched into it the more I became to love it.

Getting children to think for themselves and listen to other people’s opinions is definitely a well needed life skill in the society we live in.

Children learn that other people have different perspectives in life and we have to respect it but we don’t have to agree to it either.

I have started small P4C sessions with my class. At the moment we are learning all about th Arctic. I started off by asking my class if they would like to live in the Arctic. Without prompts I just listened to each child’s response.

As you can imagine some children said no because it’s too cold. Other children said they would love to because they could play in the snow all day.

I placed a yes and no sign in my classroom for children to decide and stand next to.

I then added more to the scenario. What if you could have a heated coat to keep you warm in the Arctic, would you live there then?

Some children began to change their decision and perspective of it after listening to others and after the scenario changed.

It was great to see fantastic listening skills from 5 year olds too!

tell me know yours views on P4C in education!

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Writing with Alison Philipson

Teaching early writing skills for children in Year 1 has always been a topic I continued to reflect upon. I didn’t feel 100% sure whether the writing opportunities we offered them really met the potential of all of the children’s needs.

I really really wanted to make children much more independent with their writing. As the class teacher I also wanted to feel much more confident when assessing what the children can do without a heavy amount of adult support.

I just couldn’t put my finger on how I could do it.

Until Alison Philipson arrived!!!

So many questions I have been itching to know have been answered.

What does it look like for a child to be meeting in writing?

What is greater depth?

What is classed as children writing independently?

Children can have prompts during independent writing such as ‘what should go at the end of your sentence?’

To me, this simple question makes much more sense to help facilitate children’s writing without heavily telling them – you need a full stop at the end.

After the talk I was motivated and recharged with new ideas. I looked around my classroom and reflected on the session.

Do I give children opportunities to use their environment to help them independently write?

The answer was clear to me- no! Most of my displays were focused on showing off children’s end outcomes, which I still think is important. But… I realised my focus on maths was much stronger than writing.

Now it seems so obvious. I am constantly reminding children to remember capital letters, full stops, finger spaces. Let’s have it visual stuck up on the wall – around the classroom to remind them.

I’m constantly wanting them to use and spell high frequency words in their writing. Let’s cover my display in high frequency words. Let the children create a bookmark full of the words and have that in their writing books.

After looking in further detail at the National Curriculum expectations for writing with Alison Phillipson, it is clear to see that Year 1 needs that practice, practice, practice of an objective. It needs to be instilled before the greater demands of year two!

I could literally talk about this session for hours on end. I feel so passionately motivated about it now! It has always been in the back of my mind but now it all makes sense!

Here is my plan of action!!

  • Children will hand write every afternoon during registration. Not handwriting random letters but handwriting the 100 high frequency words, numbers in words, spellings based on certain phonemes that they need practice with.
  • High frequency words will be sent home to practice reading and writing every week.
  • Children will write about what they did at the weekend in new writing books every Monday afternoon. We will also use part of Monday afternoon to discuss misconceptions of writing and play a phonics / sentence structure game.
  • I will remove part of my maths display and create a working wall including the things children need to remember to include in a sentence.
  • My working wall will have a WAGOLL on and it will be broken down into simple steps of what we want the children to achieve over the half term.
  • Children will receive a special pencil if they write neatly and form letters correctly and consistently and can use this at all times.
  • Every half term children will write independently based on a taught topic. This will be used to assess where every child is at and what they can do on their own!
  • We will use Alison Philipsons writing grid to assess all children at different points of the year.

Take a look at Alison Phillipson’s website for further ideas. It is truly amazing!

https://apliteracy.com

I am so excited to get started with all the new writing ideas. I will blog again with lots of pictures of my changed classroom and evidence of improvements in the children’s writing!

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Christmas at MissPinnocks!

After a super busy term and the weeks flying by like always, it’s always good to sit back, reflect and relax!!! I must say today is the day that I actually feel human again! My friends from university came over (also teachers too) and we had the best catch up and lots of Xmas dinner and mulled wine!

It is an anual celebration of mine, pulling crackers and taking Xmas photo booth snaps! Who would say no?

I think having a work life balance is super important in the life of being a teacher.  I placed my folders and books in my office and dedicated my day too eating way too much and laughing like crazy!

Make sure you also have a great rest and remember to enjoy the company of friends and family.

Have a lovely Christmas!!!!

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