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Every child deserves success right from the start. We know that the sooner children learn to read, the greater their success at school. This is why we put reading at the heart of what we do.

At St John’s Church School, one of the ways that we teach reading, writing and spelling is through the use of a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. We have invested in the training of teachers and teaching assistants to carry out the programme effectively with small groups of children. These groups are organised according to their individual needs, and the specific sounds and letters are taught in fun and engaging ways.

Each session lasts about an hour and includes a variety of activities delivered with pace and rigour. Children have the opportunity to learn sounds which are reinforced during the session with reading and writing activities – learning is put into practice.

As children progress through the levels, they are regularly assessed to ensure they are placed in groups that are most appropriate for them. If a child is found to be struggling, 1 to 1 sessions are arranged for him/her to keep up with the group.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts

  • learn to read words using Fred Talk

  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out

  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.


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

Further information for parents/ carers

This is a useful video for parents/ carers to find out why children love learning to read, write and spell using Read Write Inc. Phonics, how Read Write Inc. Phonics works in school, and how parents/carers can help at home.

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