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At Northern Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We use the scheme Read Write Inc. to ensure consistency across school. Through phonics, children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is of high priority.


RWI - Read Write Inc. Phonics


At Northern we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading. RWI is a method of learning, centered around a systematic approach to letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.


Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.


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
  • Use adventurous vocabulary within their writing

When children first start in Year Two, RWI phonics continues for the Autumn term.  Children then move on to the No Nonsense spelling scheme and apply the knowledge they have gained through RWI.  Some children may need longer to feel secure with all of the RWI sounds.  Therefore, these children will continue with daily phonics sessions.  Your child's class teacher will liaise with you if your child needs extra support in this area.

Parent video: The Phonics Screening Check

At the end of Year One, children complete The Phonics Screening Check. Here is information relating to this assessment.

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Parent video: Sound blending