Early Reading and Read Write Inc



This month we had a very successful visit from our English Hub partner who came to see how we were getting on with Read Write Inc. We were commended on the confidence with which our staff deliver the programme and the progress being made by our children in their early reading skills. We continue to work hard to ensure all of our pupils develop the love of reading so essential to being a successful learner.

Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.

Read Write Inc. Phonics

The programme is for: 

 Pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write

 Any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly

 Struggling readers in Years 5 and 6

In Read Write Inc. Phonics pupils:

 Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills

 Read common exception words on sight

 Understand what they read. Read aloud with fluency and expression

  Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar

 Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words

 Acquire good handwriting. 

In addition, we teach pupils to work effectively with a partner to explain and consolidate what they are learning. This provides the teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on difficulties, such as pupils’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic code knowledge.

We group pupils homogeneously, according to their progress in reading rather than their writing. This is because it is known that pupils’ progress in writing will lag behind progress in reading, especially for those whose motor skills are less well developed.

In Year R we emphasise the alphabetic code. The pupils rapidly learn sounds and the letter or groups of letters they need to represent them. Simple mnemonics help them to grasp this quickly. This is especially useful for pupils at risk of making slower progress. This learning is consolidated daily.

Pupils have frequent practice in reading high frequency words with irregular spellings – common exception words. We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and the common exception words. This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain confidence that they are readers. Re-reading and discussing these books with the teacher supports their increasingly fluent decoding.

For further information please follow these links to find videos and resources that can help you at home:



Also, please find attached our flow chart showing how home reading is managed and documents with further information for parents on the principles behind Read write Inc.

To record reading in Years 1-6 we use the Go Read online reading record. You can access this here:


If you have not received your child’s logon pin please contact the office and leave a message.

Click here to see the Read Write Inc Introduction POSTER 

YEAR R - 3 Click here to see Home reading information 

YEAR 4 - 6 Click here to see Home reading information

Blending sounds together is how we read words. Pronouncing the sounds correctly is key to supporting blending. Sometimes we pronounce the sounds with a 'schwa' for example b becomes 'buh' and mmm becomes 'muh'. Follow this link to see how to pronounce the sounds and support your child with their reading.