Phonics and Early Reading


What Phonics/reading scheme do we use?

At Christ Church Primary we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.


How can I help my child?

Many parents wish to help their child at home learn to read. When children are learning to read and write it is much easier to say the sounds in a pure way. This also helps children to segment words in order to be able to spell them. In order for you to help your child we recommend that you watch the 'Phonemes pronunciation guide DVD' which can be found at Please click on the Phonemes Video link on the right hand side of the screen.


Why do we use RWI?

The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Over the last two years we have seen a significant improvement in phonics screening at Year 1 using the RWI programme alongside one to one intervention also an improvement at the end of KS1 in reading and writing.


When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences


Who will be following the programme?

All children in the school have been assessed and have been put into groups best suited for their learning.  


How often will my child read with a teacher?

Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (Eg. the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a reading book and it is still important that you listen to your child read every day.


Where can I find out more about RWI?

The official Read Write Inc website, provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.


The phonics leader for Key Stage 1 is Mrs Holroyd who team teaches and works alongside KS1 teachers and support staff. Each half term she assesses the progress of all children on the RWI programme, If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please contact the school.

Phonic and Early Reading Workshop


To view the resources handed out at the parent workshop, please click on the links below:

Read, Write Inc progression chart

Read, Write Inc books

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 & 3 sounds

Parent support booklet


"Thank you so much, this was a great experience for me as I have never learnt phonics before but this has given me the confidence. Thank you."