Phonics & Early Reading

Read Write Inc

Teaching our children to read and write accurately, fluently and confidently is the most important thing we will do here at Boston Pioneers. We recognise that children who read a lot are successful at school. Reading enriches their vocabulary, their grammar, their writing and their spelling.

The more quickly they learn to read, the more they want to read and the more they understand; the less they struggle with spelling, the more capacity they have for writing what they want to say.

Importantly, if they read and write fluently, they can draw ideas together – a key skill for effective learning at any age. Teaching children to read – and keeping them reading – are the two things that will make the biggest difference to their future.

Read Write Inc. is the phonics programme that we have chosen to support us in achieving our aim of getting all children reading rapidly. Read Write Inc. Phonics is introduced to children the moment our pupils arrive in EYFS and is used until our pupils  have completed the phonics programme and are confident readers.

What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

Read Write Inc. is an Oxford University Press teaching programme, created by Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Over the last ten years, all of Ruth’s time has been devoted to developing the Read Write Inc. programme, underpinned by her unwavering belief that every child can, and must, learn to read.  It is taught in over 5000 schools in the United Kingdom, making it the country’s most popular way for children to learn to read using phonics.

How will my child learn to read?

The Read Write Inc. Phonics approach teaches children to read sets of sounds and then blend them to read words. The books that they read at school will only contain the sounds they’ve already learned, so children learn quickly and confidently.

First your child will learn to read:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds (sounds written with one letter): m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z xand sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’): sh th ch qu ng nk ck
  • Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. m–a–t mat, c–a–t cat, g–o–t got, f–i–sh fish, s–p–o–t spot, b–e–s–t best, s–p–l–a–sh splash
  • At school, they will read Read Write Inc. Phonics Sound Blending Books and Red, Green and Purple Storybooks.

Whilst they are practising reading stories with words made up of Set 1 Speed Sounds, your child will also learn to read:

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy
  • Words containing these sounds
  • At school, they will read Read Write Inc. PhonicsPink, Orange and Yellow Storybooks.

Whilst they are practising reading stories with words made up of Set 1 and Set 2 Speed Sounds, your child will also learn to read:

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea oi a–e i–e o–e u–e aw are ur er ow ai oa er ire ear ure
  • Words containing these sounds
  • At school, they will read Read Write Inc. PhonicsBlue and Grey Storybooks.

You will find a useful phonics audio guide to all these sounds on our Phonics made easy page. It is really important to say the sounds clearly to help your child learn them. We say ‘mmmm‘ not ‘muh’ and ‘lllll‘ not ‘luh’ when teaching the sounds. This really helps children when they learn to blend sounds together to read words.

What is Fred Talk?

Adults will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred once they are ready to start reading words. Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs your child to help him read the word. Fred will say the sounds and children will work out the word. For example, Fred will say the sounds c–a–t, and children will say the word cat. This is Fred Talk: sounding out the word.

How can I help at home?

In the early stages of learning to read, help your child to learn the sounds represented by the letters (e.g. mmmm), rather than the letter names (e.g. em). This will help them when they start blending sounds together to read words.

There are lots of ways you can help support your child learn with Read Write Inc. Phonics at home.  Check out the Oxford Owl website for a range of great resources, including their parent video guides here: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/