School Logo

RWI Phonics

Making a Strong Start using Read Write Inc.


From the Summer term of Nursery, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a highly successful English programme. The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is carefully matched to the curriculum, giving every child at St  John's the best chance of success. 




Children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short five minute sessions.


In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words speedily and how those sounds can be written down. Those who are ready will begin to read and write simple words within books.



The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • work well with partners


The children:

  • learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write


The children work in pairs so that they:

  • answer every question
  • practise every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking and reading to each other
  • develop ambitious vocabulary


These are the Set 1 Speed Sounds written with one letter:

m  a  s  d  t  i  n  p  g  o  c  k  u  b  f  e  l  h  r  j  v  y  w  z  x

These are the sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’):

sh  th  ch  qu  ng  nk  ck


Set 1 Sounds are taught in order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.



Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

Still image for this video
Watch this video to find out how Read Write Inc. Phonics helps your child learn to read quickly and easily.

Parent video: Introduction to Daily Read Write Inc. Phonics Lessons

Still image for this video
Watch this video to find out what you need to know about our daily Read Write Inc. phonics sessions.

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Still image for this video
Watch this video to hear how we teach children to say the pure sounds in Read Write Inc. sessions daily.

Parent video: Sound blending

Still image for this video
Your child will be ready to blend sounds together once they have learnt the first group of sounds (m, a, s, d, t) and can say them in and out of order at speed.