Teaching phonics and Early Reading at FPS

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Read Write Inc
At Flintham Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning centred round 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 reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) 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 FPS we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading. RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at

How will RWI be taught?
All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.

Nursery/F1: When appropriate, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short five minutes sessions.

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

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

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

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 RWI phonics last for one hour. Once children become fluent speedy readers they will move on to literacy in Year Two.

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.