Read Write Inc

At Bawtry Mayflower Primary School our children follow the Read Write Inc. programme for literacy development. On this page you can also find the parent handbook as well as how to say the speed sounds.

How it works?

The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They work in small groups with a teacher or a teaching assistant to learn the sounds that they need to know. 

At the end of each halfterm the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again. In addition to RWI the children will also work on writing skills through the Cornerstones Curriculum and will listen to high quality stories in their classes. 



Through RWI the children will learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy in to understanding what they are reading. 

The children will learn 44 ounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. The children learn to read real and 'nonsense' words by blending sounds together. During RWI sessions they will read lively stories featuring words that they have learnt to sound out and they show that the understand the stories by answering 'FInd It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions. 




RWI allows the children to spell effortlessly by using 'Fred Fingers'. This means that they can put all their energy in to working out what they want to write. Through RWI the children will learn to: 

* Learn to write the letter/letters groups which represent the 44 sounds (graphemes)

* Learn to write words by sounding the out (Fred talk) and then writing the corresponding graphemes. 

* Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences. 

* Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts to support their writing. 

* Compose stories based on picture strips.



In RWI there is a big emphasis on talk, teaching each other and learning from each other. The children will learn to: 

* Learn to answer questions in detail

* Take turns when talking to each other. 

* Discuss their ideas in relation to the story they are reading and the text they are aiming to create. 



Children learn to read words by blending the letter/sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets. (see further down the page). 

You can help your child to read words by sound-blending (Fred Talk) e.g. c-a-t= cat. 

In RWI we use pure sounds. This means removing the 'uh' from the sounds. See the attached sheet on 'how to say sounds' for more help.

Set 1 Sounds

Set 2 Sounds


Set 3 Sounds


How can I help my child to read? 

* Use the 'How to say sounds' sheet to support children in sounding out. 

* Read a variety of books e.g. fiction, non fiction, poems etc. 

* Discuss the features of various books. Why not ask your child's class teacher for one of our AF books which will contain the appropriate level questions for your child.

* Explain the meaning of new words. 

* Show the fun that can be gained by listening to and reading a range of texts e.g. reading and then following a recipe together. 

* Read lots: books, cereal packets, shopping lists, road signs, web pages, magazines, newspapers. 

If you require any further information about the Read Write Inc programme in our school, please feel free to contact Mrs Atkin our RWI Manager

How To Say The Sounds - set 1

RWI parents handbook 2