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Children are introduced to phonics using a systematic synthetic phonics programme using Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read Write Inc.’ programme, at the heart of which is the systematic teaching of all the common sounds in the English language. The school has absolute parity with this scheme in approach, planning, assessment and resourcing.


Children are taught to recognise the sounds and to put them together into words for reading. Each sound is taught in a microscopic manner and includes plenty of opportunities to retrieve and rehearse their prior learning.

What is Read Write Inc?


Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps 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, we begin the programme in Foundation stage 1 if and when children are ready and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they require further support with their reading.


How is RWInc taught?

RWI phonics is taught in  groups focusing on children's recognition of the letter sounds and how to read and write these. In the EYFS and Key Stage 1 children are taught in small groups, led either by the class teacher or by trained learning support staff. The children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are in the appropriate group working with children at the same level. This allows for complete participation in lessons and supports and extends their individual needs. Read Write Inc. continues to form the basis for the teaching of spelling from Year 2 upwards.


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
  • work well with partners
  • develop comprehension skills in stories by answering questions


If you would like to find out more about how we teach English at OLQM, please contact Mr Marshall via the 'Contact Us' page.




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