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RWI Phonics

At Shirland Primary School, our children follow the Read Write Inc. programme in phonics.


How Does It Works?

At the beginning of Reception, all of the children start learning the sounds together.

After Christmas, the children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They work in small groups with a teacher or a teaching assistant to learn the sounds that they need to know. At the end of each half term, the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again. #



Through RWI, the children will learn the read effortlessly so that they can put all of their energy into understanding what they are reading. The children will learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. The children learn to read real and 'alien' (nonsense) words by blending sounds together. These sounds can be stretchy sounds or bouncy sounds.



Children learn to read words by blending the letter/sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets. You can help your child to read words by sound-blending (Fred Talk) e.g. c-a-t= cat. In RWI, we use pure sounds. This means removing the 'uh' from the sounds. 

Have a look at the clip below to see how we pronounce our sounds. 

Set 1 Speed Sounds

Red Words: 'We Can't Fred a Red Word'

Red words need to be learnt by sight recognition. You cannot sound them out using Fred Talk. Red words will be sent home when your child is ready to learn them. 

Here are some examples of red words:

I, no, you, said, he, me, come



Fred talk helps children to learn to spell as well!

Children convert words into sounds. They press the sounds they hear on their fingers...

We call this 'Fred Fingers'.