At Hadley Wood Primary School, we show fidelity to using Read Write Inc. (RWI), an inclusive synthetic phonic programme to teach our children to read. We have adopted this as the programme facilitates a graduated and tailored approach to learning basic sounds and letter formation before advancing to more complex sounds and reading for comprehension.  The programme moves with integrity from learning to read to reading to learn. 

RWI sessions occur each day as the continuity and pace of the programme is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading development. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed learning.  

The children work in small groups according to their confidence and competence. These groups are reconfigured on a regular basis in order to match the pace and the progress of each child; this reconfiguration also allows class teachers to identify where 1:1 or small group interventions may be required in order to meet the expectations of both the Phonics Check and the end of Key Stage 1. 

Each week your child will be sent home with a RWI book at their phonetically decodable level, please practise the book daily with them and sign the reading record each day after each reading session. This enables the class teacher to best support the home school partnership with reading. 

Aims and Objectives 

The overarching objectives of the RWI programme are to teach pupils to: 

  • apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words
  • segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words
  • learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes
  • read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns
  • read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible
  • decode texts effortlessly so that their focus can be used on reading to learn (comprehension)

Read Write Inc. Phonics  

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners. 

We can achieve this together through: 

  • using Read Write Inc. Phonics, a program to help to your child read at school
  • encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home to read for pleasure


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 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

Key Skills  

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily. 

*At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck. 

Set 1 Sounds 

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.  You can buy the Set 1 flashcards online, if you wish the practise this with your child at home. 

Set 2 and 3 Sounds 

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds – the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds. 

The full list of Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds and rhymes, in the order they are taught, can be found here:  

RWI Phonics Sounds Set 1 2 and 3

Red and Green Words: 

Children use sound-blending (Fred Talk) to read short books will bring the home once they have read and discussed the book in class. Children will then be challenged to use their developing phonic knowledge to write short sentences. 

Within all the books children will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable. 

Fun Activities for Red Word Practise at home:  

Here are some fun activities you can use to practise the red words in the front of your RWI books at home: 

For more activities and information, click on the link below:  

Red Word Home Activities

Nonsense Words (Alien Words) 

As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term. 

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place in June, for children in Year 2, they will take the Phonics Screening Check in December 2021. 

This check simply identifies the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode. 

Parent Information on RWI 

For more information about the RWI programme at Hadley Wood Primary School and how to support your child at home with early reading, please click on the link to our school information video below:

For further information directly from the Ruth Miskin RWI website please click on the link below: