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At St Michael's C of E First School we have begun teaching our new phonics scheme Read, Write Inc. 


What is Read, Write Inc. Phonics?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a whole-school approach to teaching literacy for 4 to 9-year olds that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. It integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting using engaging partner work and drama. 




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Read Write Inc. Programme progression

In the Foundation Stage all children:

  • Learn to say, read and write Set 1 sounds
  • Write sounds using correct letter formation
  • Begin to read and write simple, decodable words
  • Begin to read and write ‘red’ words
  • Begin to read and write simple sentences

Reading and sharing stories to the children is a key part in developing a love of books and doing this at home also will help. 


In Year 1 all children:

  • Listen to and talk about a range of quality texts read by the teacher.
  • Begin to read with fluency and expression.
  • Read books which are closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge.
  • Begin to spell using known sounds.
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first.
  • Work well with a partner.

By the end of Year 2 we aim for all children to become accurate and fluent readers.




Why teach phonics?

It is estimated that there are at least 228 132 words in the English language. So, we have a choice when it comes to teaching reading: rely on a person’s ability to remember and recall or teach phonics.

When we use phonics, we provide a reading foundation for each child that is based on the letters and sounds of the alphabet. Once a child learns the 26 letters with their 44 sounds and 70 common spellings, they have the tools they need to read words-- any words -- whether they have ever seen them or not.



How can I support my child at home?

It is now evidenced in neuro science that the more a person practises a new skill the stronger the neuronal pathways become proving that 'Practise makes permanent.'

You can support you child at home by practising:

  • Practise saying the sounds and their rhymes (try making it fun for you and your child by using different voices)
  • spotting 'Special Friends' in words (you could do this when shopping or visiting somewhere)
  • blending sounds together when reading
  • segmenting sounds when learning a new word

Blending Sounds

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Watch this video to learn how to blend sounds with your child.

Read Write Inc Sounds and Sets.