Helping with Phonics

At Bowsland Green Primary School, we use the Read Write Inc programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics. 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 RWInc, the children learn to read effortlesly 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.

A proven synthetic phonic approach

Why it works…

Read Write Inc. combines 5 clear steps to ensure real success in literacy:

  •  A systematic and dynamic whole-school approach
  • High quality literacy teaching
  • Inspiring whole-school literacy training
  • Effective assessment and grouping
  • Keeps parents fully supportive

When using RWInc to read, the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories feeaturing 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
  • Compose stories based on picture strips
  • Compose a range of stories based on writing frames


Supporting your child

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All of our teachers and teaching assistants have been trained in the Read, Write Inc programme and they can show you how to pronounce these sounds. We hope that you will not hesitate to ask for any help.

Read Write Inc Books

As children develop their skills reading set 1 sounds they will begin to use the Ditty books to read and write. The children are assessed approximately every six weeks and are grouped according to the result of the assessment.

Click on the image to see the order of progression.



Your Questions Answered

Who is Read Write Inc. for?

The Read Write Inc. programme is for primary school children learning to read.

It enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. Every child who completes Read Write Inc. learns to read fluently and confidently.

How long does the phonics programme last?

Read Write Inc phonics lasts 2 years for most children, if they start to read in the reception class. Some children may spend longer on the programme.

Is this a synthetic phonic programme?

Although Read Write Inc Phonics is a fully integrated reading and writing programme, the structure is firmly based in synthetic phonics. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word. These words are embedded in lovely stories so children can read books independently.

How much time is needed each day to do the programme effectively?

Children work for about one hour a day in small groups (usually 8 to 20).

How are children grouped?

All children are assessed at the beginning of the programme. They are placed into groups depending on their reading ability.

What resources can I buy for home use?

Follow this link – Home Resources