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St Anne's Catholic Primary School

"Love one another as I have loved you in our home, school and Parish family"

Read Write Inc.

At St. Anne's we teach phonics (letter sounds) using the Read Write Inc programme.

Who is Read Write Inc for?

The RWI programme is for primary school children learning to read.  The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter, or letter group, into sounds that are then blended together into a word.  We use this programme with children from Nursery up to Key Stage 2.

RWInc enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader.  We use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) phonics programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their communication and language, reading and writing.

The RWI programme is structured into different developmental phases which teach children the skills of segmenting and blending (to read) and word recognition to promote accurate spelling. Lessons are delivered in groups by a RWI trained teacher or a RWI trained teaching assistant, in a multisensory and lively manner- promoting high engagement and enjoyment in the children’s learning.

The Read Write Inc. programme meets the high expectations of the curriculum, including the new EYFS Framework, and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress.

Regular use of assessments ensures that children’s Phonics lessons are tailored to their specific needs and are appropriately challenging. This also allows teachers to plan timely intervention groups- for any children who require extra support

Using the RWI method:

  • Children in the early years learn to read confidently and fluently;
  • Older children with reading difficulties make fast progress;
  • Children with specific learning difficulties learn to read.                                                                                                         
  • Children are assessed so they work with children at the same level.   
  • Children work closely with their partner, answering questions and practising activities with them. 


When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts;
  • learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk);
  • read engaging, high-quality stories featuring words they have learnt or can effectively sound out;
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ questions.


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds;
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers);
  • use their growing phonological awareness to write sentences, linked to a shared storybook, using strategies such as ‘Complete a sentence’ and ‘Hold a sentence’ which provide an important bridge between the writing of single words and whole sentences. They record their work in their ‘Get Writing’ books.


When using RWI the children work with a reading partner:

  • to answer questions;
  • to take turns talking and listening to each other;
  • to give positive praise to each other.

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 can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.


Expectations of Progress

Through our Phonics teaching we strive to ensure that all children achieve their full potential, and by the end of Key Stage 1 are fluent and confident readers with a strong understanding of spelling.

New Speed Sounds Review Speed Sounds Storybooks
Autumn and Spring Terms Letters and Sounds Phase 1- children begin developing their listening skills so that they are tuned into the different sounds in words.

Rhymes, games and songs

Simple age-appropriate texts

Summer Term

RWI Set 1 single sounds – say the sounds of letters with the help of mnemonics, blend the sounds into words and read simple ‘blending books’. This gives them a flying start before going into the Reception class.

Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter: m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v

y w z x

‘blending books’
End of Autumn Term

RWI Set 1 single sounds and ‘Special Friends’

Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. m–a–t mat, c–a–t cat, g–o–t got, f–i–sh fish, s–p–o–t spot, b–e–s–t best, s–p–l–a–sh splash

Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter:

m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v

y w z x and sounds written with two letters

(your child will call ‘special friends’): sh th ch qu ng nk ck

  Ditties 1-10
End of Spring Term RWI Set 1 single sounds and ‘Special Friends’ Set 1 and blending Red Storybooks
End of Summer Term

RWI Set 2 and blending

Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy

Set 1 and blending Green/Purple Storybooks
Year 1      
End of Autumn Term

Teach letter names

RWI Set 3

Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea oi a-e i-e o-e u-e aw are ur er ow ai oa ew ire ear ure

Sets 1 and 2 Pink/Orange Storybooks
End of Spring Term RWI Set 3 Sets 1 and 2 Yellow Storybooks
End of Summer Term RWI Set 3 Sets 1 and 2 Blue Storybooks


How can parents support at home?

Reading Books Sent Home

Children in Reception who are learning the first 44 letter sounds will bring home RWI sound sheets, a decodable Book Banded Reading book and a library book for you to read with them.

Once children can blend fluently and know the first 44 sounds they will bring home Ditty sheets or a RWI ‘Show-off’ storybook.

Read Write Inc. ‘Show-off’ Books

Please encourage your child to read though the speed sounds page first, then the green and red words page and then check your child understands the meaning of words on the vocabulary check page, before they start reading the book. Your child will have read this book at least three times before they bring it home. They should be able to read this book with fluency and expression by the time they bring it home and they should have a good comprehension of what the book is about. At the back of the book are find it/prove it questions for you to do with your child.

We would also urge you to try and read stories to your child before they go to bed. This will help develop a wider vocabulary which makes a vast difference to their quality of writing but it will also encourage them to enjoy a good story.

Click here for a really useful guide for parents that will support you when helping your child at home.

If you have a question, there is a sheet containing FAQs which you can access by clicking here

For those children who find phonics tricky, we have a specialist learning assistant who is trained to an extremely high level to provide additional sessions to groups of children or individuals.