We use Read Write Inc as a basis for our phonics programme at Sacred Heart. Children take part in daily phonics sessions, often within a small group. Children learn to recognise and say the sound that is represented by each letter or groups of letters. These are called 'speed sounds'. Children also learn how to blend the sounds together in a word to read it, eg. c-a-t is 'cat'. It is important that children use pure sounds so that they are able to blend the sounds easily. When we are saying words in pure sounds we call it 'Fred Talk'. Children learn to read real words and also nonsense words by saying the sounds that they can see in the word. We call the nonsense words 'alien words'. The sounds are arranged into groups - Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3.
Children also learn to read lots of words by sight; eg. like, come, would. These words cannot be read by blending the sounds together. These words are called red words - 'you can't Fred a red'!
When writing each of the letter sounds, children are taught to use the correct letter formation with the help of fun phrases.
Click on the links below to watch some videos about Read Write Inc and further useful information about reading at home with your child: