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At St.Giles’ C of E Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning based on letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.  

Reading opens the door to learning. Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell with ease so that they can independently compose what they write. 


Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set. 

Help your child to say the pure sounds (‘m’ not ‘muh‘, ‘s’ not ‘suh‘ etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word. 

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 
  • compose stories based on picture strips 
  • compose a range of stories based on writing frames. 


Technical Vocabulary

Children are taught to understand and use the technical vocabulary of….

Digraph – two letters, one sound.  Eg: ay as in play, oo as in zoom, ee as in sleep.

Trigraph – three letters, one sound.  Eg: igh as in flight, air as in chair, are as in care.

Split vowel digraph – two letters that are both vowel but are split up by another sound.  Eg: i_e as in like, a_e as in make, o_e as in home, u_e as in huge.

Vowel – a, e, i, o, u

Plural – adding an s onto the end of a word to imply more than one.

Root word – the main part of a word that can be altered by adding an ending or a beginning.  Eg: playing, swimming, played.

Suffix – an ending to a root word.  Eg: played, playing.

Prefix – a beginning to a root word.  Eg: impossible, overcooked, unable.


Parent information



Below is a video link to learn how to say the sounds.



 Set 1 Resources

A video about the bouncy sounds to give you ideas to help your child.



A video about stretchy sounds to give you ideas to help your child.


A video showing correct pronunciation for Set 1 sounds







Set 2 Resources



A video displaying correct pronunciation of set  2 sounds.



Set 1 and 2 links and games


Set 3 Resources


A video showing the correct pronunciation for Set 3 sounds.




Watch how Jo spells set 3 words with her daughter at home.


Additional sounds



Further useful websites


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Phonics games and resources