Reading & Phonics

Read Write Inc

The Read Write Inc. programme is for primary school children learning to read and it is the phonics programme used to teach children at Gorse Hill Primary School. It enables us to ensure that your children become fluent and confident readers who can read words of increasing challenge who comprehend what they are reading. Children have access to daily reading sessions that builds on their speed sound lesson to promote fluency and increasing accuracy.
You might hear your child talk about ‘Fred the Frog’ or ‘special friends’… don’t worry! They are all learning styles to help your child remember tricky sounds. Fred only talks in sounds, for example ‘c-a-t’ or ‘t-r-ai-n’.

The children in Reception will begin their RWInc learning journey by learning Set 1 sounds. These are Speed Sounds written with one letter:
m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x

They will also learn sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’):
sh th ch qu ng nk ck

After the children have learnt each sound they practise writing it using the letter formation rhymes. By the end of Reception, your child will know the Set 2 ‘special friends’:
ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ow, ar, or air, ir, oy
and blend these sounds into words as well as red many red words (words that cannot/ cannot fully be decoded) and nonsense words.

Children in Year 1 children will be taught Set 3 sounds and many alternate spellings for same sound words.

ea., ie, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, er, ow, ai, ew, ire, ear, ure, e-e, au, ie, oe, wh, ph, ue

Pupils will be taught to decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills. Pupils will read books that embed previously taught sounds and introduce newly taught sounds that builds on accuracy and fluency. All Pupils will be supported in applying the approach ‘Special Friends, Fred Talk, Say the Word’ to read unfamiliar words and read common exception words on sight. Pupils will develop skills to discuss what they have read and answer comprehension based questions on what they have read.

Pupils in Year 2 will learn how to decode longer words quickly and accurately. Children will then access the RWInc Comprehension scheme when they have completed the Grey books and the phonics scheme.


Additional Information for Parents/Guardians

Early Reading Policy

Early Reading Curriculum Statement


Videos on the Ruth Misking Website

What is RWInc Phonics
10 Things to Think About
How to Say the Sounds
Sound Blending


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