In Tangmere Primary Academy we use a number of strategies to support the children in learning to read. These include Read, Write Inc and Accelerated Reader.  Please see below for more information on the Read, Write, Inc scheme.

Accelerated Reader … Please see attached Parent Guide for Accelerated Reader. ………………………

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What is Read Write Inc? 

 Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com   

 Who is Read Write Inc. for? 

The Read Write Inc. programme is for primary school children learning to read. Children will begin the programme in Year R and will remain on the programme until they are reading fluently with a good level of comprehension and speed. Our aim is for most children to be off the scheme by the end of Year 1, however some children will remain on the scheme in Years 2, 3 and 4. 

 How will it work? 

Year R                   

Children will be taught a sound a day and will be assessed regularly by their class teachers.  When they have reached an appropriate level they will be grouped according to their reading level, and will be taught for up to 35mins each day, when they will start reading and writing alongside learning the new sounds. 

The children can choose a story book for an adult to share and read with them at home, which can be changed each morning.  The children will also have a sounds book which they will store in their book bag.  This book will contain the sound that they are working on each day, so that parents can practise these daily with their child. Once the children have practised the first set of sounds they will take home a levelled reading book from the RWI scheme to work on with you. This is the book that they will also be using within their school phonics sessions, along with a Book Bag Book just for home which has the same focuses.  These books will be changed once the book and related phonics work has been completed in class, this will take around 1 week.  We advise that these books are read each day.  You may find that your child finds the book easy.  If he/she does this is a good thing- the children should be able to read the books confidently and fluently and have the opportunity to enjoy and talk about the book. 

 Years 1 and above                         

All children who are working on the Read Write Inc programme will be assessed half termly by the Read Write Inc Assessment Manager.  The children will complete reading and writing activities for 45mins each day, grouped according to their reading level.  Children will be grouped according to their stage not their age, so classes will be mixed and taught by different teachers/teaching assistants.  A few children who need extra support to maintain progress may work with a teaching assistant for additional time. 

The children will bring home a Read Write Inc class book which they will keep for the duration that they are working on this book in school (around two weeks) as well as a Bookbag Book. Please support your child by hearing them read from these books each night. The children will also be able to pick a story/ picture book from the library which is at a higher reading level for you to share at home as a family.

Year 2 and above                            

Once the children reach Blue level within the RWI system they will be assessed regularly using the Accelerated Reading system.  This will generate a range of information about your child’s reading ability and progress along with the correct book level.  The children will then be able to choose a book at this level from the library and once finished they will complete a quiz to assess their understanding of the text.  We advise that the children reading short books read the book more than once and that all children discuss their books with an adult at home to ensure that they have a full comprehension before taking the test.  We ask you to write in your child’s Home Reading Record Book when they are ready to take this quiz. For more information on Accelerated Reader in TPA please see the appropriate booklet on the school website.

Some children within Year 2 and above will still access the Read Write Inc programme in addition to the Accelerated Reader programme.  These children will also bring home a Read Write Inc class book as well as a Bookbag Book which they will keep for the duration that they are working on this book in school (around two weeks). Please support your children by hearing them read regularly from these books in addition to the Accelerated reader book. (Please see the information on the reading books and bookmarks for advice as to how often to read each book)

What does the RWI teaching process look like at TPA? 

Children are first taught the pure ‘set 1 sounds’ so that they will be able to blend the sounds in words more easily. In School we call this ‘Fred Talk’. We do not use letter names at this stage; we simply focus on the sounds that are used to sound out words.

To view correct pronunciation of the sounds, click on the link below: 

How to say the sounds



At this stage, the children are not only taught the ‘sound’ the letter makes, but also how to form the letter, using a rhyme and picture prompt. 


Learning the terminology

Phonics is a highly effective way of teaching reading and spelling. Blending when reading and segmenting when spelling. It is based on the link between sounds and the way we write them down (graphemes).

i-n contains 2 sounds and 2 graphemes.

c-a-t contains 3 sounds and 3 graphemes

ch-a-t contains 3 sounds and 3 graphemes

l-igh-t contains 3 sounds and 3 graphemes

c-r-a-sh contains 4 sounds and 4 graphemes

s-t-r-ee-t contains 5 sounds and 5 graphemes


Each word always contains the same number of sounds as graphemes.

Graphemes can have 1,2,3,4 or 5 letters.


Stretchy consonant sounds

Practise stretching each sound (avoid ‘fuh’ ‘luh’ ‘muh’ ‘nuh’)

Reading stretchy sounds


f l m n r s v z sh th ng
ffff llll mmmm nnnn rrrr ssss vvvv zzzz ssshhh ttthhh nnng

Shortest sounds without an ‘ah!’ f l m n r s v z sh th ng

   Bouncy consonant sounds

c-c-c-c h-h-h-h p-p-p-p t-t-t-t ch-ch-ch-ch

Say the shortest sound you can without an ‘uh’ c h p t ch

c h p t ch

Practise bouncing each sound

b-b-b-b d-d-d-d g-g-g-g j-j-j-j w-w-w-w y-y-y-y

reading ouncy sounds]


Double consonant sounds

These sounds are actually two sounds made closely together, but they are counted as one.

x (c s ) qu (c w) nk (ng k)

 Fred’s vowel sounds

 There are five vowel sounds ‘a’ ‘e’ ‘i’ ‘o’ and ‘u’  but 20 different ways of creating these vowel sounds using special friends.


fred vowel sounds

Practise Fred Talking these words:

1. Read the words in Fred talk. Say the last sound gently.

 2. Spell the words using Fred fingers. Touch each finger as you say each sound.

fred talking practice

 Phrase and picture to help children remember the graphemes:

handwriting ditty

picture letters

Complex stretchy

complex stretchy

   Consonants: bouncy

consonant bouncy

a e i o u au ee igh ow
  ea       a-e y i-e o-e
          ai ea ie oa
            e i o



What are Red Words?  These are words that are unable to be sounded out and so are irregular. Children simply have to learn to recognise, read and spell these words as they cannot be sounded out using any sort of phonics strategy. 

red words

In summary how and what do the children learn? 


The children:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts. 
  • learn to read words using sound blending. 
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out. 
  • after meaningful discussion led by an adult children show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions. 



The children: 

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds 
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes  
  • learn to build sentences orally using adventurous vocabulary 
  • start with simple sentences and develop towards more complex ones by the end of the programme  



Children are assessed so they work with children at the same level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons. They work in pairs so that they: 

  • answer every question 
  • practise every activity with their partner 
  • take turns in talking to each other 


How can I help my child at home?

It is vital that your child gets your support to ensure that they progress at the expected level for their age.

  • Establish a routine to include reading daily throughout the day and the week
  • Have fun with Fred Talk at home e.g. Where is your c_oa_t? Time for b_e_d! 
  • Encourage your child to ‘Fred Talk’ or ‘sound out’ any unfamiliar words 
  • Recognise ‘red words’ together – remember ‘you can’t Fred a red!’ 
  • Use the ‘Questions for Reading’ to help deepen understanding of the books you read together 
  • Fill in the ‘Parent Comments’ in your child’s reading record to keep a dialogue with the class teacher 
  • Read as many stories to your child as you can. Traditional tales, stories from other cultures, poetry, their favourite story - talk about the stories with them. 
  • Explain the meaning of new words.
  • Ensure that your child sees you reading for pleasure
  • Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories.


 What resources are available to help me support my child at home? 

Set 1, 2 and 3 speed sound cards are available from the RWI or OUP website. 

flash cards 2flash cards

Further Information

 Read Write Inc. Website:   http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/   

For Parents:  http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents/


 Oxford Owl with Free E Books:  http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/   


We all know that reading opens the door to all learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.





School Book Fairs

Each term the school hosts a scholastic book fair.  These fairs last for one week and often have a range of special offers or competitions to enter.  The commission raised during these fairs provides additional books to develop the school library and classroom reading areas.  


Big boost

The Book People have a brand new fundraising scheme to support schools.  Each time you place an order with The Book People over £10 they will donate £1 to the school of your choice.  All donations from this scheme will be used to stock our library.  Follow the link below for more details.