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Read Write Inc

What is Read Write Inc?

At Saint Nathaniel’s we use the ‘Read, Write, Inc,’ programme to teach children to be fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. 

From nursery through to year 2, children engage in interactive lessons which integrate phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting.  

Three key ways

Children are taught to read in 3 simple ways.

1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’.

2. Blend these sounds into words.

3. Read the words in a story.

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All children in reception and KS1 are assessed every 6 weeks to ensure that they are taught in groups matched to their phonic ability.

Pupils who are not keeping up with their peers are identified and supported to keep up through the one-to –one tutoring programme.  Progress is tracked rigorously to ensure that all children make progress with their reading.

Pupils in KS2 who have not yet met the expected standards in phonics take part in small group daily sessions using the ‘Fast track tutoring’ programme. 

What does a Read Write Inc lesson look like?

Lesson Plan

In Read Write Inc Phonics lessons, children learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. 

They learn to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Throughout the programme children learn the English alphabetic code: the 150+ graphemes that represent the 44 speech sounds. They rapidly learn sounds and the letter, or groups of letters, they need to represent them in three sets of Speed Sounds lessons.

Simple and enjoyable mnemonics help all children to grasp the letter-sound correspondences quickly, especially those who are risk of making slower progress or those who are new to English.


Lively Phonics books are closely matched to children's increasing knowledge of Phonics and 'tricky words' (red words).

A thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion helps children comprehend what they are reading. 

Teachers read aloud and discuss picture books with similar themes to those in storybooks, so children build up background knowledge ready for the next story book.

Homework: Children can take home a practice sheet for any new sounds that they have been taught at school.

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