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How is RWI taught?

How will RWI be taught?

All children are assessed regularly by our RWI lead teacher so they work with children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.



In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.




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

·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


Year One & Year Two

Children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for 45 minutes.  The RWI strategies are then applied in daily literacy lessons in class.



Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:  

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.


Children will be taught how to read as follows:

Before you start to teach your child, practise saying the sounds below.

These are the sounds we use to speak in English.





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.


The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred.


The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets