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Read Write Inc

Our reading curriculum comprises of the Read Write Inc. synthetic phonics approach for younger children and a carefully planned intervention reading scheme for the older children.

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a strategy for reading that helps children to learn to read quickly and skillfully.

During these lessons children are taught to recognise the sounds that each letter of the alphabet makes and to identify sounds made by different combinations of letters. Children then apply this knowledge to help them decode words in a sentence. For example children learn the sounds, not letter names, of the following letters a….n….t. They then learn how to blend these sounds to form the word “ant‟. Each of the sounds that the children learn are called phonemes and there are 44 altogether.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a whole-school approach to teaching phonics for 4-11-year-olds to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Each member of staff is trained by Ruth Miskin Training to ensure consistent practice across the whole-school.

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Our children become confident, creative and articulate readers, and they build on from the strong base of their solid understanding of synthetic phonics.

How will my child learn Read Write Inc?


We begin teaching phonics in Nursery.

Children are exposed to oral blending in their early stages of their education through games. Examples of some of the games we play can be found on the following link - www.ruthmiskin.com/fred-games. Once the children are developmentally ready, they are then taught a sound a day for 10 minutes.

Our teaching is then followed into Reception, where children first learn their set 1 sounds as a whole class for their first half term of school for 15 minutes a day. This is then increased to 30 minutes from term 2 where children are mixed alongside Year 1 children and placed in homogenous groups suited to their ability.


Stand-alone phonics lessons are taught for 30 minutes every day.

The knowledge and strategies learned in these sessions are revisited regularly throughout the school day during reading and writing activities.

We strive to foster a love of reading in our pupils, and children of all ages are helped to read widely, both at home and at school.

As part of our Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme all objectives set in the National Curriculum are achieved and we implement additional tutoring to ensure that every child can read by the time they reach the age of 6

How can I help my child?

We encourage parents to read with their child for 10 minutes daily and we support parents by inviting them to attend parent workshops, the convenience of being able to purchase RWI resources in school as well as inviting parents to watch RWI lessons.

These strategies support parents in helping their children to read. For more information on how to support your child please visit...