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Crigglestone St James
CE Primary Academy


We use a synthetic phonics programme called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. In EYFS and KS1 children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Some children in KS2 are also taught via the 'Read Write Inc.' programme.

Using Read Write Inc. the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can focus on comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can focus on composing what they write.

The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They work with an adult on the Read Write Inc. programme. Children are regularly assessed and regrouped according to their need.

Click on the link to watch a video about how to pronounce the different sounds we will learn.

Phoneme pronunciation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc

Click below for a copy of our RWI parent support guide provided at RWI workshops earlier this year.

RWI parent info

Click below for a copy of our RWI parent support guide provided at RWI workshops earlier this year.

RWI parent info

Word Time

As part of the children’s Read Write Inc. lessons the children participate in Word Time. This is where they apply the sounds they have learnt to segment and blend to read words.

In Read Write Inc. we use our frog friend, Fred to help us read. Fred only talks in sounds and uses his ‘Fred Talk’ to segment the sounds in words. The children are encouraged to talk like Fred, use their ‘Fred Talk’ and segment each sound in the word and then blend to read.

In the word time lists below the children use their ‘Fred Talk’ to help them read the words but eventually we move on to using ‘Fred in your head’ which is where we use our ‘Fred Talk’ silently in our heads rather than sounding it aloud. We continue to revisit the Word Time lists to encourage speed and fluency, aiming for the children to read confidently by sight.

You can find a copy of all the Word Time lists below.

Word Time list 1.1

Word Time list 1.2

Word Time list 1.3

Word Time list 1.4

Word Time list 1.5

Word Time list 1.6

Word Time list 1.7

Red Words

In the Read Write Inc. scheme ‘red words’ are used to help the children recognise tricky words that cannot be segmented in the normal way. We encourage children to look for the parts of each word that they can sound out normally and then identify the parts that are tricky. Children need to be able to read these words by sight. These words are introduced within the Read Write Inc. storybooks used in school.


Handwriting is part of the children’s daily Read Write Inc. session. We make the physical process of writing -handwriting – enjoyable from the start, so children see themselves as ‘writers’. We use mnemonics – memory pictures – to help children visualise the letter or join before they write down.

We have a three stage handwriting process that we use in our school.

Stage 1- Reception

When the children enter school our focus is on ensuring the children are holding pencils with the correct pencil grip. Using the Read Write Inc. handwriting phrases the children practise the correct letter formations. When the children are ready, they will learn where to place letters on a line.

Click below to view all the handwriting phrases used from the Read Write Inc. scheme

Handwriting phrases

Stage 2 – Year 1

Once the children enter KS1, in Year 1 the children begin to learn pre-cursive handwriting. The children still use the same handwriting phrases to assist in forming their letters correctly but they add a ‘whoosh’ beforehand, to ensure the letter begins from the line.

Click below to view examples of the pre-cursive handwriting

Pre-cursive handwriting

Stage 3 – Year 2 +

The children build on the pre-cursive taught in Year 1 and join all the letters together, for example

Useful phonics websites

Here are a few websites that you might like to explore with your child:

Alphablocks - lots of videos and games to help with recognising letters and reading. We watch Alphablocks in school so your child might recognise some of these already!

Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!

Letters and sounds initial sound game - this game lets your child reveal a sound/letter and then try to find the picture that starts with the same sound.

BBC bitesize - this game allows your child to listen to the sounds in a word and to pick the correct letter. Then they can see what word they have made with all of the sounds together.

Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.

Phonics Screening Test

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. Your child will read up to four words per page for their teacher and they will probably do the check in one sitting of about 5-10 minutes.

Click below for a guide on what the Phonics Screening Test involves.