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RWInc Phonics and Early Reading

At Norfolk we believe that developing a child's love for reading and writing will unlock the gateway to a successful future. Therefore, we are committed to delivering the best provision and opportunities for quality reading and writing.


We are a Read Write Inc. School and use the RWInc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. We use RWInc. from FS2 to Y2 and as a catch-up programme for a small number of older children who need this in Y3 and Y4.


Our school has recently been part of a RWInc. Training programme offered in conjunction with the Department for Education's Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF). This is where the government is committed to raising life chances for every child – regardless of background. The focus for TLIF funding includes the 12 Opportunity Areas with a legacy of educational challenge. The aim is to improve pupil outcomes, thereby making a significant contribution to tackling social mobility.

Through the TLIF project we aspire to raise standards in reading and writing for our children:

  • All of our staff are expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training.
  • We gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer.
  • We support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.
  • We have a dedicated phonics leader who supports staff on a daily basis with the delivery of RWI, makes regular assessments and tracks the children's progress every 6 weeks. 


Read Write Inc. is an Ofsted recommended and highly acclaimed phonics programme which teaches children the 'Simple View of Reading', how letters and sounds in English are related (the alphabetic code). The children rapidly learn sounds and the letter or groups of letters they need to represent those sounds. 

Children read well-written, lively phonic books which are closely matched to children's increasing knowledge of phonics and 'tricky' words, so that they always experience plenty of success. Repeated readings of the texts support their increasingly fluent decoding. Children also develop the skills for comprehension through discussion of each story, helping them to both understand what they are reading and to build up their knowledge of how texts are structured.


A     Aims:

To teach children to:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
  • Apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words (FRED TALK).
  • Read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • Read texts that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
  • Decode texts effortlessly so all their resources can be used to comprehend what they read.
  • Segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words (FRED FINGERS).
  • Learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.
  • Spell effortlessly so that all their resources can be directed towards composing their writing.
  • Share their love for reading with parents and become avid readers.


Click on the links below to go to the Ruth Miskin Facebook and Twitter pages - you'll find lots of great video clips here to help you support your children with reading and to find out about how we teach the programme:

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 Reading at Home – A Guide for Parents in KS1 and FS2


School Reading Books

Your child will bring home a school reading book to match their reading level. 

Our reading books match the Read Write Inc. phonics level that your child is working at in school. Your child’s class teacher will change their book level as your child makes progress in phonics. Please aim to read at least 5 times a week and bring your child’s book bag to school every day.


Reading Record

Please use this to make a comment when your child has read their reading book to an adult at home. Keep this in your child’s book bag and return it to school every week. It is important to read the same book a few times. This helps the children to practice the words and sound they have been learning. The more the children read their book the more familiar the words and sounds become. This will help to improve their reading speed too. 


Class Library Book

Your child can choose a class library book to read and enjoy at home with an adult. This is from a collection of books in your child’s class and can be changed as often as you like. It may be a book that your child cannot yet read. This is fine and is a great opportunity for story time. Please read and share this book together. You could even make this book part of your bedtime story routine. When you’re ready to change this book bring it back to school and choose another one.


Let your reading adventures begin and watch your child’s imagination and love of books grow! 


If you have any questions about reading. Please speak to your child’s teacher or send them a message on Class Dojo.


Thank you for your continued support.


KS1 and FS2 Lending Library

Please come along and visit our KS1 and FS2 lending library. It is located under the main staircase. 

There is a wonderful selection of books for you to take home and share with your children. 

We have picture books, chapter books and  story sacks. 


Please sign your book out and back in using the FS2, Y1 or Y2 record book. 

You can access this before school during breakfast club time and if you stay to one of our stay and read sessions. 


We have a new addition to our lending library - There is now a selection on books for babies and toddlers. You can borrow these to encourage younger siblings to enjoy books and stories. 




Stay and Read - For FS2 and KS1 Parents

Parents are invited to join our 'Stay and Read' sessions each week. 

The sessions are for: 

FS2 - Mondays

Y1 - Thursdays

Y2 - Fridays

Top tips for reading at home:

Click on the documents below to find out more about how children can be supported in learning at home: