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Read Write Inc. 


Our Phonics Scheme

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Here at Ashurst, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out. The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or learning support assistant.


When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)






When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions
  • To take turns talking and listening to each other
  • To give positive praise to each other







Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set (shown further down the page).

Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word





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Phonics in Action

Look at our Read, Write, Inc teaching in action!  We have highly effective phonics teaching which takes place everyday.  Children work with their partners to practice saying sounds speedily.  Children love getting immersed in the stories which match closely to phonic ability.  This results in every child succeeding!  

Read, Write, Inc. training at Ashurst

Ashurst is a learning school with all staff embracing training, coaching and feedback to ensure the highest quality of standards in our RWI delivery.  This is supported in our update training which the whole school have received to ensure all staff understand the importance of early reading.  Our RWI consultant days support our learning culture and ensuring effective use of the RWI portal.   We are now feeling totally inspired to introduce new updates to our practice and staff are inspired through weekly coaching and training sessions with the Reading Leader.

Phonics Screening Check

Information for parents

Book Bag Books

To support our home reading, we have Ruth Miskin's 'Book Bag Books'.  These books match closely to phonics knowledge so that children can practise sounds that have been taught in their Read, Write, Inc group.  This means children cannot fail and helps to build confidence and love of reading.   

Free Read, Write, Inc. Phonics Films for parents and carers

There are some really useful phonics films on the Ruth Miskin website to support early reading.  These films are free and are a great resource to support remote learning.  

Follow the link below to view films showing parents and carers how to teach children to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics.  


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