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Read, Write Inc

Word reading


Children learn a simple alphabetic code followed later by a more complex code. All reading books progress cumulatively, matched to the sounds children know.


Language comprehension

–           We help children to enjoy stories and poems from the minute they come into school. We know and love the books we read aloud, so children will want to hear the same story again and again.

–           We use similar emphases and intonation on each reading, so children can join in the retelling.

–    Our picture books are for all children, whether they can read or not. For those who are still learning to read, we help them retell the story. For children who are able to read, we encourage them to enjoy reading and to retell the story events.

Word Reading


–    We organise Read Write Inc. books and resources in a central area.

–    All books read in RWI lessons progress according to the children’s phonic knowledge and skills.

–    There are boxes of RWI book bag books for the children to take home.

–    All home reading books are decodable, linked with each stage of the children’s phonic knowledge.


Language Comprehension

–    Each RWI story book includes key comprehension questions.

–    As a staff, we share stories to children with love, confidence and enjoyment, every day.

–    We organise parent workshops to support parents and ensure that they understand how important story time is at home.

Word reading


We aim for Read Write Inc. phonics to be redundant for the majority of our children, by the end of the Autumn Term in Year 2.


Language comprehension


–    know the importance of reading stories to their children every day

–    know how to engage children in stories when reading aloud.


–    know the importance of reading stories to their children at home

–    know how to read stories to their children

–    read with their children most evenings.


–    are able to read books in line with their phonic knowledge and with increasing fluency.

–    enjoy listening to stories and poems

–    can join in with many stories and poems

–    learn new vocabulary


The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum.

These act as stimuli for children to develop and explore their writing skills.

Children write for purpose wherever possible, using the RWI programme.

Grammar is not taught as a discrete subject, but is integrated into our English curriculum.


At Westbury Infants, from FS - Y2, we follow the Read Write Inc. programme. Daily lessons ensure spelling rules are learnt and applied.

Assessments are regularly undertaken pre, during and post units.

Below is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially ‘Fred talk’ and a link to the Read Write Inc. Parents Page.

Teaching techniques:

  • Some words will follow a spelling rule – get children to explore these rules
  • For tricky words think about shape, size etc
  • Breaking words into sounds (c-a-t)
  • Breaking words into syllables (re-mem-ber)
  • Break it into affixes (dis +satisfy)
  • Use a mnemonic (necessary – one collar, two sleeves)
  • Refer to a word in the same family (muscle – muscular) or parts of the word they already know.
  • Say it as sounds/in a funny way (Wed-nes-day)
  • Words within words (Parliament – I AM parliament)]
  • Refer to etymology (bi+cycle= 2 +wheels)

  • Learn by sight (look-cover-write-check) 

  • Sing it! 


    At Westbury Infants, children are encouraged to use a cursive script from Foundation Stage. Please see our Handwriting policy for more details.

    We follow the Collins cursive script programme.