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At Priory Lane Community School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme to enable children to become successful readers as quickly as possible.   We want our children to learn to read and then to keep on reading – to read widely and often and be a lifelong reader.  Research shows that children who learn to read quickly go on to succeed in school and in life.


Children start by learning their Set 1 sounds:-




Children are then taught to blend these sounds together to read simple words. 

For example, c-a-t  ‘cat’ and s-i-ng  ‘sing’ 


Once they can do this they move onto Set 2 and Set 3 sounds.

Children experience success from the very beginning.  Phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.   Black and white paper versions of the Storybooks will be sent home for your child to read.  They will know all of the sounds used in the Storybook as they will bring home the book that they have already read in the classroom.  This means they will be able to read the text with fluency and confidence – like a storyteller.   This does not mean the text is too easy for them – it means they are reading at the correct level.  We do not send texts home the children cannot read because we always want them to be set up to succeed in their reading.


When using RWI to read, the children will: 


  • Learn that sounds (phonemes) are represented by written letters (graphemes)
  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn how to blend sounds
  • Learn to read words by sounding them out which is called ‘Fred Talk’
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • Show that they understand the stories which they have read by answering comprehension questions about them.


When using RWI to write, the children will:


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

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check


In Year 1 all children in England take part in the phonics screening check and this is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage, so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill, and ensure that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.


The RWI lead is Mrs K Reilly.   If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to contact us.  You may also click on the links below for further information for parents.