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Phonics & Spellings

What is RWi Phonics?

Read Write Inc. is a popular phonics scheme. Like all phonics schemes, it teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. Read Write Inc. Phonics includes reading books written using only the letters they have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught tricky words). The children will quickly feel confident and successful.

As a school we base our phonics teaching on the Read Write Inc phonics lessons. Read Write Inc. provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Children in Reception and Year 1 have an hour of direct Phonics teaching each day. To find out more information, please click HERE


  • First the children are taught one way of representing the 44 main sounds and then go on to learn the alternative spelling.
  • Read Write Inc. introduces the simple Speed Sounds (one sound, one grapheme) with Speed Sounds Set 1 and Set 2. They then learn more ways of writing the same sounds with the complex Speed Sounds Set 3 (e.g. they will be taught the sound ‘ay’ as in ‘play’ and they will then look at the sound ‘a-e’ as in ‘cake’ which is the same sound, different spelling)
  • Once children know the first set of Speed Sounds, they are ready to read the first Storybooks.

Click here to listen to how we say each sound