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RWI and Capital Letters

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Poppy_Red, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    Bit of background - I teach a very poor ability Y4 class, lots of SEN and low level behaviour issues...
    This week we have started RWI Fresh Start, and so
    far so good! The group I am taking are right at the start of the
    programme, so we are going over Set 1 sounds, concentrating on letter
    formation. The children do know the majority of these, but not at
    speed, which is why we are starting at the beginning.





    We do RWI 4 lessons per week, which leaves 1 and a half literacy lessons
    for other things. Basically this week we shared a story and I asked
    the children to create a story board of the main points. During this
    session, one of the children from my phonics group asked me what a
    capital R looks like, and said he did not know how to write one (he was
    genuine). I showed him and he seemed to understand, but it made me
    think - at the moment we are only looking at lower case letters, as like
    I said, children do not know these. However, when should I teach
    capitals? I dont want to confuse children! Should I do it once we have
    covered the entire alphabet in small case? Or should I wait until the
    children are further along the scheme??
     
  2. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    Bit of background - I teach a very poor ability Y4 class, lots of SEN and low level behaviour issues...
    This week we have started RWI Fresh Start, and so
    far so good! The group I am taking are right at the start of the
    programme, so we are going over Set 1 sounds, concentrating on letter
    formation. The children do know the majority of these, but not at
    speed, which is why we are starting at the beginning.





    We do RWI 4 lessons per week, which leaves 1 and a half literacy lessons
    for other things. Basically this week we shared a story and I asked
    the children to create a story board of the main points. During this
    session, one of the children from my phonics group asked me what a
    capital R looks like, and said he did not know how to write one (he was
    genuine). I showed him and he seemed to understand, but it made me
    think - at the moment we are only looking at lower case letters, as like
    I said, children do not know these. However, when should I teach
    capitals? I dont want to confuse children! Should I do it once we have
    covered the entire alphabet in small case? Or should I wait until the
    children are further along the scheme??
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Not an early years specialist, but even though you don't want to confuse your children by teaching capitals, I would let them have access to seeing capital as well as lower case letters, either on a frieze, washing line whatever so children don't get thrown later on. It would then be easy to point out the relevant capital (the R in the case you cit), making no big deal of it or casuing confusion.
     
  4. I teach KS1 and find that children just seem to 'pick up' capital letters, ive never really had to formally 'teach' them. I have a letter mat with lower case and upper case on and if they dont know how to do a capital, I refer them to this. (or my letters display).
    Is it worth doing a bit of an assessment to see if it is many of the capitals they dont know how to write? If its only a couple its less of a concern.
     
  5. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    Thanks for replies.

    Yes I think it is definitely worth doing an assessment to find out which letters are a concern. I believe that the majority of children in my group do know their capital letters but as you say I can at least focus on the ones that are not known.


     
  6. Grolta

    Grolta New commenter

    Have a look here http://www.rainbowresources.co.uk/#/alphabet/4549479234
    I use these alphabet strips (Rainbow Resources is my site) which show upper and lower case. If the font is not suitable, k and f possibly, I can easily change them. You can email me using the contact page on the site. There is also a large frieze showing upper and lower case.
    Grolta
     

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