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Read Write Inc

What is Read Write Inc? (RWI)

Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.



Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

What is Fred Talk?

Teachers will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred once he or she is ready to start reading words.

Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs your child to help him read the word. Fred will say the sounds and children will work out the word. For example, Fred will say the sounds c–a–t, and children will say the word cat. This is Fred Talk: sounding out the word.

Read Write Inc. Phonics – learning to read at home

Below you will find some really helpful videos for parents produced by Read Write Inc which explain everything you need to know to help your child at home.


You could also take a look at Ruth Miskin's Parents' and Facebook pages for more helpful guidance on Read Write Inc:


Parent video: Understanding Phonics

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

Watch this video to find out what you need to know about Daily Phonics Lessons.Click here to download our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons Schedule: form our web...

Read Write Inc Home reading guidance documents

Parent video: How to say the sounds


In Reception the children will learn one Set 1 Speed Sound each day (5 each week).

  • 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, sh, th, ch

  • qu, ng/nk

Ways you may wish to help your child reinforce learning covered in school


We thought it would be helpful to give you a guide for the way your child is likely to progress with their phonics:


  • Recognise and name Set 1 Speedy Sounds (not letter names) without hesitation

  • Can orally blend (Fred Talk) simple cvc words eg. 'c a t'

  • Can read simple cvc words from a page by sounding out (Fred Talk)

  • Can read simple words in their head without sounding out (Fred in your Head)

Set 1 Speedy Sounds Booklet

Your child will bring home this booklet which will provide guidance and support for you at home (please see the link for the online version below)

RWI Phonics Flashcards are available to buy through the Oxford Owl website for £6.99

We will be sending home paper versions of the Set 1 Speed Sounds but you may prefer to use a ready made set of cards to practise with your child. 

Oxford Owl Resources

Below you will find more online resources to help support your child.  Alternatively you can go directly to the Oxford Owl website read-write-inc-phonics-guide to register.

Letter formation sheets can be found on the parent section. Scroll down on the webpage until you see the following PDF sheets below.

Parent video: Reading the Set 3 sounds and words with your child

Watch how Jo reads set 3 sounds and words with Eve at home. Spelling Set 3 words with your child: and tu...