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At Woodthorpe we are following Read, Write, Inc (RWI) for phonics.


To support your child at home encourage them to sound out when they are trying to decode new words.

A clip below to show how to pronounce the phonemes accurately:

Pronunciation of phonemes

Early reading starts with phonics and developing good phonics skills in younger children is vitally important. We begin phonics as soon as children in Early Years and Key Stage One start school in September.

We value phonics and we aim to have:

  • 20 minutes of phonics at least four times a week in Early Years.
  • 40 minutes of phonics at least four times a week in Key Stage 1.


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.

Pronouncing sounds

Read, write, inc overview

How can I help my child?
Many parents wish to help their child at home learn to read.  When children are learning to read and write it is much easier to say the sounds in a pure way.  This also helps children to segment words in order to be able to spell them.  In order for you to help your child we recommend that you watch the 'Phonemes pronunciation guide DVD' which can be found at www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/transformingprogrammes/.  Please click on the Phonemes Video link on the right hand side of the screen.

Why do we use RWI?
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Over the last two years we have seen a significant improvement in phonics screening at Year 1 using the RWI programme alongside one to one intervention also an improvement at the end of KS1 in reading and writing.


When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences


Who will be following the programme?
All children in the school have been assessed and have been put into groups best suited for their learning.  

How often will my child read with a teacher?

Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (Eg. the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a reading book and it is still important that you listen to your child read every day.

Where can I find out more about RWI?

The official Read Write Inc website, www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/ provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.

The aim is for children to have completed the RWI programme by the end of autumn term in Year 2.

Year 2 who have completed this will complete:

Phase 6 (Year 2) Letters and Sounds and no nonsense spelling: During this phase, children become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

As well as being taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, children are also taught how to read high frequency words and ‘tricky words’.

Tricky words are words that cannot be ‘sounded-out’ but need to be learned by heart. They don’t fit into the usual spelling patterns. In order to read simple sentences, it is necessary for children to know some words that have unusual or untaught spellings.

High frequency (common) are words that recur frequently in much of the written material young children read and that they need when they write.

We use a range of multisensory strategies to enthuse and engage the children, including the use of interactive whiteboards, speaking and listening, songs, rhymes and practical activities.  Children work with pace and are encouraged to apply their knowledge across the curriculum with any reading or writing activities.

We are committed to investing in high-quality phonetically decodable reading books in school. Books are sequenced systematically and are matched closely to our phonics programme. Quality time is given to children to practise reading and re-reading books that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences they know, both at school and at home.