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A Parents’ Guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics.
At William Penn School, we use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme to give children a good foundation for their literacy.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centered around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- Learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- Learn to read words using Fred Talk (breaking up the words into their sounds).
- Learn to read words by blending the sounds together.
- Spell effortlessly so that they can put their energy into working out what they want to write.
- Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds (graphemes).
- Write simple sentences.
Children learn to read words by blending the letter sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets.
Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat.
Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.
Thank you very much for your continued support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s class teacher.
Please use the link below for further information on RWI phonics:
Set 1,2,3 phonics phases
Set 2 sounds
In Summer Term we will be looking at Set 2 sounds as follows:
Activities to do at home