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Phonics and Reading

We are a Read, Write, Inc School


Here at Chase Lane we follow Read Write Inc (RWI) which is a systematic and dynamic Literacy programme rooted in Phonics. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. 


The Process


Our children take part in 30 minute RWI sessions at the start of every school day. Children from EYFS, Year 1, 2 and 3 are working from this programme. The children are assessed every 6 weeks to ensure they are working within the correct level group to match their knowledge. This means we are frequently monitoring our children to ensure they are making the progress required to push through the different levelled groups. They continue to learn Phonics until they reach the end of the RWI programme. 


Our Delivery


All Teachers and Teaching Assistants at Chase Lane have attended training workshops, led by the main RWI training team, to ensure high quality teaching of Phonics is delivered to the children at our school. 

Strategies used through Read, Write, Inc


Simple Sounds


We begin by teaching the children  simple speed sounds. 

As you can see, the programme introduces these sounds through the use of familiar picture clues. Each letter also has a rhyme attached to it to help children with the writing process. Click the link below to learn the rhymes. For example, 's'- slither down the snake.

Complex Sounds


The children then move onto complex sounds. Complex sounds have more than one phoneme and grapheme which are shown in the chart below.

Fred Talk and Fred in Your Head


Children are taught to 'Fred Talk' their words by sounding out and blending to read words. For example, 's, a, t- sat'.


Once the children can sound out a word, we teach them to say the sounds in their heads. We hold up the word card to give the children time to mime the sounds and then push the word card forward as a signal to say the word altogether. 

Fred Fingers


Children are taught to spell by hearing and saying sounds in a word before writing it down. In RWI, this process is called 'Fred Fingers'. 


The children begin by saying the word and they hold up the correct amount of fingers for the sounds on their non-writing hand. For example, the word 'mat' has three sounds, so they would hold up three fingers. Similarly, the word 'fish' has three sounds, 'f, i, sh', so again they would hold up three fingers. Then the children say the sounds as they pinch each sound onto the corresponding finger. Once they have done this, the children can then write the word as they say the sounds again, underlining any 'special friends'. 

Hold a Sentence


Hold a sentence is a process used in RWI to support writing. It teaches children to remember a whole sentence in their head before they write it down with the correct punctuation and spelling. The sentences we ask the children to write include words that they have already been taught how to spell.


Pupils begin by saying a sentence out loud, which has been modelled by the teacher. When they can remember the order of the words and say them out loud confidently, actions for the punctuation can be introduced. They continue to say the sentence out loud, including the actions. The teacher will then model the writing process by regularly re-reading the sentence with the punctuation actions and using spelling strategies already taught. The completed sentence is hidden and the children use the same process to write the same sentence independently. 

How to support your child in Read, Write, Inc


You can use the RWI strategies that are explained above to help your child with their reading and writing at home. This will reinforce your child's learning from school and help to make them more confident. 


We welcome you to click the link below to watch a short video on why children love learning to read, write and spell using the RWI programme. It will also provide great ideas on other ways in which you can support your child in Phonics at home as well.