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Phonics - Read, Write, Inc

What is Read Write Inc for Phonics? 

Children who read regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners and have a passion for reading.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home

 Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at Snaresbrook Primary School we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching Read, Write, Inc. to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support with their reading.

The Government has strongly recommended the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early reading 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.

At Snaresbrook Primary School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. Read, Write, Inc. is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. 


The Five Key Principles

There are 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.

How will RWI be taught?

All children are assessed regularly (every 6 weeks).  From these assessments children are grouped into stages (colour), where they work with peers on the same stage. The colours progress as follows:

Set 1a Set 1b Set 1c Ditty Red Green Purple Pink Orange




Each stage builds on previous learning and introduces the children to new sounds. In Nursery, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short five minutes sessions. This is developed as they move into Reception where all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. From Reception and above, the children have 45 minutes, daily sessions. 

What is Read, Write, Inc. Phonics?

Click on the picture below to watch a short video about Read, Write, Inc. Phonics. 


How to say the sounds

When using Read, Write, Inc. to read, the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts

Click on the picture below to watch a short video about how to say the sounds correctly. 


Read, Write, Inc Staff training

All of our teachers took part in Read Write Inc Training where they learnt how they can make their Phonics lessons more exciting and engaging for the children. Can you spot Fred the Frog who will be our newest member in our lessons? 

Phonics Policy

Click on the button below to read our phonics policy.

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Phonics screening check

The Department for Education Phonics Screening Check 2023 (or Phonics Screening Test) is a test to assess and show how well your child can use and apply the phonics skills that they've learnt up to the end of Year 1. Please look at the document below for more information. 

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