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We value the importance of early reading and writing and provide a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics.  We aim for every child to believe that they can read. The main aim is that the children will develop a mastery of phonics, using and applying their phonic knowledge in their everyday reading and spelling.


Read Write Inc.       

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, is a whole-school literacy programme for 4-11-year-olds designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

The five key principles that underpin all the teaching in all Read Write Inc. Programmes are:

  • Participation – our teaching strategies ensure that all children participate fully in the whole lesson – there is no chance for children to lose concentration and miss key elements of the teaching
  • Praise – children work together, as partners, taking turns to teach and praise one another and they are motivated by the focused praise they receive from teachers and teaching assistants
  • Pace – a lively pace keeps all the children fully engaged
  • Purpose – teachers know the purpose of every activity and how it leads into the next
  • Passion – it is easy for teachers to be passionate about their teaching because they see their children make such rapid progress.

All teachers and support staff at Holy Rood have been trained in Read Write Inc so that they can deliver this excellent programme across the school.


Our Read Write Inc Leader is Mrs S Dalton. If you have any queries or concerns, please see her for more information or visit the RWI Website.




At Holy Rood , we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to develop our children’s phonic journey.   RWI is a method of letter sounds and synthetic phonics and it has proved to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing learning.

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 RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly 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.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds and read words using Fred Talk.
  • Learn that some tricky words with grotty graphemes can’t be read using Fred Talk – these are Red Words (you can’t Fred a Red)
  • read fun and lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out and show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions and discussing the text

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to spell words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences

At the end of Year 1, most pupils undertake a Phonics Screening Check.


Please click on the link below for a presentation on how we teach early reading at Holy Rood.