St Matthew's C.E Primary School

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Read Write Inc


Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 are taught phonics in Read Write Inc. (Ruth Miskin Literacy) lessons. Read Write Inc. is a phonics programme that encourages children to read and write with speed and accuracy. Children are taught letter sounds (speed sounds) and how to blend letter sounds to read words. They practise their blending skills by reading and writing using their phonic books. An important part of our phonics lessons is reading and understanding the books and particularly learning new vocabulary. Children also practise applying their phonic skills to spelling and writing activities and are grouped by reading ability for these lessons. At St Matthew's we follow the phonics program of Read Write inc.


What is Read Write inc?

Read Write Inc (RWInc) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at St Matthew's we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWInc to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.


How will RWInc be taught?

All children are assessed regularly by our RWInc lead teacher so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.



When appropriate, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short ten minutes sessions.



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



The children:
learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
work well with partners
develop comprehension skills in stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ discussion questions



The children:
learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
learn to write words by using Fred Talk
learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write



The children work in pairs so that they:
answer every question
practise every activity with their partner
take turns in talking and reading to each other
develop ambitious vocabulary


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 RWInc phonics last for one hour at the beginning of the day.

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:
Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

Children will be taught how to read as follows:
Before you start to teach your child, practise saying the sounds below. These are the sounds we use to speak in English.


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, b-l-a-ck


The Oxford owl website is a brilliant resource for parents, it has practice sheets, helpful guides, resources, online books and much more. Below are some links to support you with teaching phonics at home with your child. It demonstrates how to say the sounds in a pure way and gives you some helpful tips too.

Home learning


Here are some further links to fun games that can support your children with phonics at home:

Oxford Owl for School and Home

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Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact document Phonics Overview Progression in Read, Write Inc.

Pictorial Summary

(School Development Planning)