Read Write Inc at Ladygrove

At Ladygrove, we love reading and we recognise that the reading ability of a child has a massive impact on how well they can access the whole curriculum. A report from Oxford University Press demonstrated that reading to and with your child for at least ten minutes a day can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement and 'children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.’

We use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start. Below is a guide explaining how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.


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 Ladygrove 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

Watch a video showing correct pronunciation of the sounds:


How will RWI be taught?

All children are assessed regularly so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.


When appropriate, children are introduced to the initial sounds in short five minutes sessions.


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



The children:

  •  learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  •  learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions


The children:

  •  learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  •  learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write


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. They will take part in daily Read Write Inc sessions and will be grouped by ability.

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.


Fred Talk

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

At school, we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.

The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred:

Please see the separate information sheet about the different stages of RWI and the order in which the sounds are taught.

Set 1

Set 2 and 3


To help at home:

Your child will start to bring books home when they are confident readers. Please help them to read and give lots of praise! They may also bring homework linked to the sounds they have been working on. Help them by pronouncing the sounds correctly and see the separate sheet to check the sayings we use to help children with their letter formation.

Every child learns at his or her own pace, so the single most important thing you can do is to make it enjoyable. By reading regularly and letting your child pick out their own books occasionally, you will instil an early love of reading and give them the best chance at reading success in no time.

If you need any support, please see your child’s teacher or contact Miss Thomas who is the Reading Leader.



Useful Websites