Read, Write, Inc.

At Bricknell Primary School we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme.  Phonics is for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are learning to read. It is also used beyond KS1 for children who may need extra support.

Children is Year 5 and 6 use the Fresh Start programme. Fresh Start is a ‘learn to read’ programme aimed at older children but follows the same principles as Read Write Inc.

Each half-term, we assess and group our children based on their stage of reading not age of reading. This means that all children practise reading at the right level.

In our Read Write Inc. lessons we teach children to speedily read sounds and practise reading and spelling words containing these sounds.

Children read books that match their phonic knowledge.  We believe success breeds success, therefore our children read decodable books that contain sounds and words they can read.  This matches the National Curriculum.

Children read each storybook three times at school to ensure accuracy and build fluency and comprehension. The children bring home this same book so they can practise becoming a storyteller with both fluency and expression.  These build children reading skills and confidence.

Alongside reading we also teach the children to spell the words they have been reading. They develop their ideas into sentences so that they can write about the storybooks they read. These skills can then be applied to children’s writing across other areas of the curriculum.

We read other stories to children, stories they may not yet read for themselves.  These stories will promote a love of reading, they will build your child’s vocabulary and understanding.  Reading stories out loud has so many benefits, we do this with enthusiasm and love.

Our aim for our children to become independent readers who can then choose their own books to read and develop their love of reading

Reading is a fundamental and vital skill.  Sometimes our children need extra practice and support, we do this through providing extra tutoring on a one-to-one basis for 5-10 minutes every day.  This is based on ‘keep-up’ not a ‘catch-up’ idea. No child is left behind.

Every child will be taught to read in our school. We are passionate and enthusiastic about ensuring every child is a reader.

Parents’ Guide to Read Write Inc.


We use 44 sounds to make all the words in the English language.
We’ve got 44 sounds and only 26 letters.

We have to group letters together to read and write some sounds e.g. ‘igh’, ‘air’. These are known as ‘special friends.’

All words are made up of individual sounds and these sounds are merged together to form words.

E.g. in ‘mat’ we have the sounds                   and in ship we have

These are the sounds we teach the children and the order they are taught in are:

Set 1

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 sh th ch qu ng nk

Set 2

ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy

Set 3

ea oi a-e i-e o-e u-e aw are ur er ow ai
oa ew ire ear ure tion tious/cious

Phonics is the method of teaching reading through the identification of sounds and graphemes. A grapheme is another name for the letters we use to write the sound.

The National Curriculum ensure schools teach synthetic phonics.  This enables the very best start and the tools for reading any word.  The National Curriculum ensures that all children are taught Phonics systematically.


Alongside teaching sounds, we teach children to blend sounds to read words e.g. s-a-t, sat.

In school we use a frog soft toy called Fred. Fred can only speak in sounds.

He says d-o-g, h-a-t etc.

Speaking like Fred helps children to understand that words are made up of sounds.

Fred helps children practise blending sounds together because he needs the children to say the words for him. Fred says d-o-g, children tell him the word is dog.

This is how we quickly teach all of our children to blend.

The National Curriculum states children should re-read books.

Re-reading the same book helps children to become confident readers. Each time they re-read, they build their fluency/speed and comprehension. This helps promote a love of reading and encourages children to want to read because they can read all of the words in the storybook.

We send this book home because they can ‘accurately’ read EVERY word.  We want them to practise and build their reading skills with both fluency and comprehension.  We want them to read these books like storytellers.


We use Fred Fingers to help children sound out words to spell easily and it means they do not have to memorise lists of spelling words. It is a tool so they will be able to spell any word.

Below are websites you may find useful in supporting your child to read at home.

Ruth Miskin Parents’ Page:

Free e-books for home reading:

We know that reading is the most important skill we can teach your child in school.

“Reading feeds the imagination, it expands horizons and offers new and exciting ways of seeing and making sense of our lives and of the world around us.”

                                                                                                                                            Michael Morpurgo

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