We teach children to read using a phonics program called Read Write Inc.

The Read Write Inc. programme supports every child to become a confident and fluent reader, develops a wide range of vocabulary and encourages a love of stories.

How and what do the children learn?

The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the matching letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts. (Phonics)
  • learn to read words using sound blending
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ discussion questions       
  • Talk a lot about what they have read to show they understand
  • Listen to and discuss other ideas to deepen understanding.
  • They take part in a daily phonics and reading lesson that they are grouped for to ensure is it targeted to their level of development.
  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds using simple handwriting phrases that have formation stories relating to the picture


At school we use a frog (called Fred) in our RWI lessons. He can sound talk words beautifully! When we say words in sounds we call it ‘Fred Talk’. We do not use letter names at this stage; we simply focus on the sounds that are used to sound out words. The sounds that letters make are called phonics. Using Phonics is a highly effective way of teaching reading and spelling. If the children come across a word in a book they are unsure of, we ask them to ’Fred Talk, then read the word’, this encourages them to sound talk in order to decode it and then blend to read it.

E.g. d-o-g, dog / sh-o-p, shop

The children are not only taught the ‘sound’ the letter makes, but also how to form the letter, using a rhyme and picture prompt.

Guidance on how to pronounce the sounds in a pure way can be found by following this link

To help your child read with Phonics you can download our parents booklet and 3 sets of speed sound flash cards by clicking on the 4 images below.

Help with your childs letter formation can be found here Letter formation

Children are continuously assessed as to their progress in phonics and additional supported may be deployed to support children’s development. Towards the end of  Yr1 the children will be subject to the national phonics screening check.

If you would like to know more about phonic development please come in and talk to your child’s teacher.

Please watch the video below which gives advise on how to help with phonics at home

Here are some resources you can use at home:

Phonics Screening Practice List Phonics Screening Check Practice – Additional Speed Sound Cards 1 Phonics Screening Check Practice – Additional Speed Sound Cards 2 Phonics Screening Check Practice – Additional Speed Sound Cards 3

RWI Mini Flash Cards Set 1 RWI Mini Flash Cards Set 2 RWI Mini Flash Cards Set 3

For more information about the Read Write Inc Program or how you can support your child at home, please look at the parents pages on this website