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Read, Write Inc


At Daventry Hill School we use a synthetic phonics programme to teach reading called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. As children progress and can decode fluently they move onto the Literacy and Language scheme which develops children’s comprehension, vocabulary, writing, critical thinking and discussion skills and grammar – in a fun and meaningful way.

Read Write Inc phonics is a method of teaching reading which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics), and then blending them together to read words.  The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.

How it works

The children are assessed and work at a level that is appropriate.

They work in small groups with a teacher and a teaching assistant.

The children will be regularly assessed to check they have made progress and will be moved on as is necessary.  In addition to the Read Write Inc programme the children will also be working on writing skills and storytelling in their classes.


When using 'Read Write Inc' to read the children will:

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

Learn to read words by blending the sounds together

Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out

Show that they understand the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove it' discussion questions.

Students will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers.

Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend student’s vocabulary.

Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.


When using 'Read Write Inc' to write the children will:

Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds (graphemes)

Learn to write words by sounding them out and then writing the corresponding graphemes

Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences

Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts

Compose stories based on picture strips. 


At Daventry Hill we believe that it is essential that our students have the prerequisite skills necessary for phonics, reading, and writing. Through effective assessment we determine a student’s readiness for phonics and reading; once assessed as being ready pupils access daily phonic lessons as well as regular opportunities to develop their reading skills. We personalise the phonic lesson to make the learning accessible, meaningful and allows all students to achieve


Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets 
(shown further down the page).

Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat

Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can, and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

 Set 1 sounds

 Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

The 5 Key Principles of RWI

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 I know how to pronounce the phonic sounds?

Visit the Read Write Inc Parent Page

The short videos found on this page will help you and your child practise at home.

A link to Read, Write Inc pure sounds to support you at home can be found here Read, Write Inc Pure Sounds Video


Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, rhymes etc). 

Discuss the different features of various books. 

Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared.

Explain the meaning of new words. 

Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories and reading a range of texts.e.g. reading and then following a recipe together

Don't forget you don't have to read just books, cereal packets, shopping lists, road signs, web pages, magazines, newspapers etc are useful ways to practise reading.