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Read Write Inc

Read, Write Inc.

In Reception and Key Stage 1 we teach daily phonics lessons to ensure every child is a successful reader. We follow the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc phonics programme; grouping children according to their reading ability and reading level.

Read, Write Inc is a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics. We teach children how to break down and decode words into their separate sounds components, known as phonemes. There are 44 phonemes taught throughout the programme, all of which are embedded in a range of fiction and non-fiction books. The words are taught prior to reading a book to ensure children are equipped at decoding them; we call this 'Fred Talk'.

Fred is a Read, Write Inc character that only speaks and understands pure sounds (sounds in a words before they are blended).

Children use the same ‘Fred Talk’ skill to write words and sentences through a range of guided and interactive activities. The level of challenge increases throughout each set of book:

Words that contain a different phoneme spelling than children expect are called 'Red Words' for example ‘said’. These words are trickier to read and are printed red in the early reading books to reinforce their complexity.


How to help at home

Ruth Miskin has a fantastic website that offers a range of videos explaining how to support your child at home:

Please ask your child what colour book they are reading in Read, Write Inc to guide you on where to look on the website. If you would like any further information about Read, Write Inc please speak to Mrs Jones (Reading Leader).