Early Reading

What is Read Write Inc?

We are a Read Write Inc school. Read Write Inc was first created by Ruth Miskin in 2002. It is the UK’s leading synthetic phonics programme. Read Write Inc. is for children from Reception onwards, and children with SEND in older year groups.

Read Write Inc supports children to climb higher rungs of the fluency ladder. This is achieved by accelerating reading accuracy and developing comprehension and later on Guided Reading groups taught through the Literacy Leaves curriculum.

Read Write Inc supports the teaching of reading and writing so that it is rigorous and consistent.

Read Write Inc. Phonics provides pupils of all ages with the skills and knowledge they need to read and spell.

Pupils can be taught in a group using Read Write Inc. Phonics, or individually following Fast track tutoring. This breaks down Read Write Inc. phonics into small, incremental steps to help pupils who need extra support – including those who have SEN/D.

Although pupils are taught in small cumulative steps, lessons are well-paced, engaging and motivating.

Pupils are taught new sounds each week, but importantly review previous sounds and words until they can read them confidently – and in closely matched decodable texts.

Assessment matches these steps, so progress can be recognised and celebrated.

We aim to put the teaching of reading at the heart of our school here at Sheringham Community Primary School and reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help your child read at school.
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them at home and at school.
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home.

We start by teaching pre-phonics skills in our Nursery and then continue into Reception when the children start to learn the sounds. Some of the aspects explored in pre-phonics teaching are skills such as listening, rhyme and distinguishing between sounds. In Reception, this carries on, meaning that, the children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.

The children:

Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below

Learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending

Read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge

Work well with partners

Develop comprehension skills in stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ discussion questions

The children:

Learn to write and form the letters/letter groups, which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases

Learn to write words by using Fred Talk

Learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write

The children:

They work in pairs so that they:

Answer every question

Practise every activity with their partner

Take turns in talking and reading to each other

Develop ambitious vocabulary

The children also have copies of the book they are reading in class, to take home to practice fluency, and a book bag book matched to their phonic knowledge level to take home to share.

Book bag video


Full phonics guidance for parents.


Understanding Phonics for parents.

The importance of reading.

If you are new to phonics and would like to see how the sounds are said please play this helpful video and Sylvie will guide you through.

Set 2 SoundsPhraseWords to practice reading and spelling
ayay: may I playplay, day, may, way, say, spray
eeee: what can you seesee, three, been, green, seen, sleep
ighigh: fly highhigh, night, light, fright, bright, might
owow: blow the snowblow, snow, low, show, know, slow
oooo: poo at the zootoo, zoo, food, pool, moon, spoon
oooo: look at a booktook, look, book, shook, cook, foot
arar: start the carcar, start, part, star, hard, sharp
oror: shut the doorsort, short, horse, sport, fork, snort
airair: that’s not fairfair, stair, hair, air, chair, lair
irir: whirl and twirlgirl, bird, third, whirl, twirl, dirt
ouou: shout it outout, shout, loud, mouth, round, found
oyoy: toy for a boytoy, boy, enjoy
Set 3 Sounds  PhraseWords to practice reading and spelling
eaCup of teaclean, dream, seat, scream, real
oiSpoil the boyjoin, voice, coin
a-eMake a cakemake, cake, name, same, late, date
i-eNice smilesmile, white, nice, like, time, hide
o-ePhone homehome, hope, spoke, note, broke, phone
u-eHuge brutetune, rude, huge, brute, use, June
awYawn at dawnsaw, las, dawn, crawl, paw, yawn
areCare and shareshare, dare, scare, square, bare
urNurse with a purseburn, turn, spurt, nurse, purse, hurt
erA better letternever, better, weather, after, proper, corner
owBrown cowhow, down, brown, cow, town, now
aiSnail in the rainsnail, paid, tail, train, paint, rain
oaGoat in a boatgoat, boat, road, throat, toast, coat
ewChew the stewchew, new, blew, flew, drew, grew
ireFire! Fire!Fire, hire, wire, bon/fire, in/spire, con/spire
earHear with your earhear, dear, fear, near, year, ear
ureSure it’s purepure, sure, cure, pic/ture, mix/ture, ad/ven/ture
auPaul the astronaut  Paul, astronaut, August, author, dinosaur,  pause
e-eGo Pete and Steve  Pete, Steve, these, theme, complete
ueCome to the rescue  rescue, blue, glue, queue, due
ieTerrible tietie, magpie, flies, tried, pie, lie
phTake a photophoto, trophy, alphabet, elephant, nephew, orphan
whWhisk, whiskwhisk, wheel, whirl,  whisper, white, wine
knknock, knock, whose there?Knock, knight, knee, kneel, know, knot, knit
tious and ciousscrumptious, deliciousprecious, delicious, suspicious, ferocious, vicious, scrumptious
tion                pay attention it’s a celebration   conversation, celebration, exploration, tradition, congratulation, attention