Read, Write Inc
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at school. Everything else depends on it, so we strive to do all we can to ensure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves. At John Hunt, we want children to develop a love of books as well as simply learning how to read.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc is a comprehensive synthetic phonics programme that teaches reading, writing and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7, but can be used as an intervention program for children in Key Stage 2.
The children start by learning 44 speed sounds and how to sound blend for reading. At the same time, they develop skills for handwriting and spelling. Through lively story books that contain words that the children can decode, the children progress to read and achieve early success.
How is it taught?
Read Write Inc is taught every day, and children are streamed into groups according to ability. Children are assessed every half term and groups are revised accordingly. Where children do not make the expected progress within a group, they receive 1-1 tuition.
Your child may begin to use terminology that you are unfamiliar with - this glossary of terms may help!
Green words are words that can be broken down into sounds, and blended together to read.
Red words are words that cannot be broken down. These are taught explicitly, and are words that children need to read by sight.
Your child will be encouraged to sound out words that they cannot read. We call this “Fred Talk”. Fred is a frog that joins the children in every session and he can only talk in sounds!
c-a-t = cat
Fred Fingers are used for spelling. Children hold up the hand that they do not write with. They sound out the word they are spelling and put up the correct number of fingers for the word.
For example: m-ee-t = 3 sounds = 3 fingers.
Phonic screening test
Children complete a phonic screening test in Year 1. If the children do not achieve the pass mark in Year 1, they will be retested in Year 2.
During the test, children are asked to decode both real and nonsense words.
Read Write Inc fully prepares children for this test, including the ‘nonsense words’ that we call ‘alien words’. Asking children to read these alien words requires the children to demonstrate their decoding skills.
What can I do to help my child at home?
Reading at home
Questions to ask when reading with your child:
Click on the links below to access some really useful videos to help you understand how
Read, Write Inc works
For more information, please follow the link to the Ruth Miskin website:
RWI Phonics Online Videos
From Monday 23rd March, Read, Write Inc. will be releasing daily phonics lessons on their Facebook page and YouTube channel for children to watch and learn at home. This is the programme we use in school and is the best way to continue your child's phonic learning at home. A new film will be added each weekday and will be available for 24 hours:
Speed Sounds Set 1 - 9.30am (Suitable for Foundation 2)
Speed Sounds Set 2 - 10.00am (Suitable for Foundation 2 and Year 1)
Speed Sounds Set 3 - 10.30am (Suitable for Year 1 and Year 2 children who are still learning through RWI)
There will also be a film of a teacher reading a poem at 2.00pm. Your child can enjoy watching and joining in with these poems over and over again. Why not learn them by heart!
All of these are available through the following links:
All of the Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2 teachers would love you to access these to support your child's learning at home!