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RWInc Phonics and Early Reading

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching Literacy in EYFS and KS1. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the new curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress.


Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme


The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.


Here at Norfolk Community Primary School, we are proud to be a Read, Write Inc School to get children off to a flying start with their English.


RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.


The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant.



In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.



When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts 
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It



When using RWI to write the children will: 

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds 
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)



When using RWI the children will also work in pairs: 

  • To answer questions
  • To take turns talking and listening to each other
  • To give positive praise to each other


Year One & Year Two

Children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for one hour. Once children become fluent speedy readers they will move on to a reading comprehension programme that compliments RWI. 


Fred Talk

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily. At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, bl-a-ck.


The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred.


Helping at Home Read Write Inc Books

Please encourage your child to read though the speed sounds page first, then the green and red words page. Then check your child understands the meaning of words on the vocabulary check page, before they start reading the book. Aim to read this book at least three times before you bring it back to change. Children should be able to read this book with fluency and expression and they should have a good comprehension of what the book is about. At the back of the book are find it/prove it questions for you to do with your child.


Finally, don't worry if your child is struggling at first with their sounds and words, they will get there in their own time. If you have time (we know it is very precious!), we would urge you to try and read stories to your child before they go to bed. This will help develop a wider vocabulary which makes a vast difference to their quality of writing but it will also encourage them to enjoy a good story.


For more information about Read Write Inc, click on the following website

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:

Stay and Read - For FS2 and KS1 Parents

KS1 and FS2 Lending Library

(This will continue when the Covid 19 rules and restrictions change)

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. 




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

The sessions are for: 

FS2 - Mondays

Y1 - Thursdays

Y2 - Fridays