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How is Phonics Taught?

We use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme as a basis for teaching initial reading in our school.



What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at .Who is Read Write Inc. for?


The Read Write Inc. programme is for primary school children learning to read. Children will begin the programme in Year R and will remain on the programme until they fluent in reading. Our aim is for most children to be off the scheme by the end of Year 2, however some children will remain on the scheme in Years 3 and 4.  Children that join the school in Years 5 and 6 in the first stages of learning English will be taught a modified version of the scheme to aid their reading.



How will it work?



Children will be taught a sound a day and will be assessed regularly by their class teachers.

When they have reached an appropriate level they will be grouped according to their reading level, and will be taught for up to an hour, when they will start reading and writing alongside learning the new sounds.



Years 1 – 2

All children who are working at or below National Curriculum will be assessed regularly by the Read Write Inc Manager.


The children will complete reading activities for an half an hour each day, grouped according to their reading level.

Children will be grouped according to their stage not their age, so classes will be mixed and taught by different teachers/teaching assistants.


A few children who need extra support to maintain progress will work with a teaching assistant for an extra 10 minutes a day.



What does the RWI teaching process look like at St Nicholas?

Children are first taught the pure ‘set 1 sounds’ (phonemes) so that they will be able to

blend the sounds in words more easily. In School we call this ‘Fred Talk’.

Initially, we do not use letter names at this stage; we simply focus on the sounds

that are used to sound out words. To view correct pronunciation of the

sounds, click on the link below:

Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide DVD

Ruth Miskin shows you why pronouncing sounds in a 'pure' way is the most effective for teaching children how to read. You can find out more about Ruth's approach at and Find Read Write Inc.