Approach to Phonics and Reading

Read Write Inc




At Woodfield Primary 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 centered round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.  A good reader will be able to read more challenging material.  A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.  The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

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 effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

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.

Below is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially ‘Fred talk’!

Below is further information on how you can support at home and most importantly a useful guide on how to pronounce each sound!

Below is our Read Write Inc Policy:-

44 Read Write Inc Policy

Please also look at the Oxford Reading Owl on

RWI Frog

Oxford Reading Owl


Learning to Read. Reading to Learn.

The National Curriculum for English states that, ‘Reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.’ Here at Woodfield, we take the teaching of reading seriously and have the common aim of ensuring children become active, critical readers and to promote reading for enjoyment for all.

We pride ourselves on our children reading for pleasure whilst still developing the skills and stamina needed to become an effective reader in a range of subject areas; the library being a key area to promote this. All children visit our well-resourced and regularly restocked library which gives them access to a range of genres and authors.

Reading is promoted throughout school in many ways. Staff at Woodfield enjoy listening to children read regularly and provide many fun reading opportunities throughout the school day. We like to hear children read individually at least once over a two-week period. However, as we know, for children to become confident, enthusiastic readers, we also need to take reading beyond the classroom. Everyone at Woodfield values your support at home: listening to your child read and writing comments on their progress is much appreciated.

Shared and Guided Reading takes place across school. Shared Reading occurs in all areas of the curriculum where children are given the opportunity to respond to a wealth of texts in a variety of ways and to develop and share their personal preferences. Within this, we focus upon many areas including the development of vocabulary in context and the promotion of an awareness of spelling in context. Every class has a quality and age appropriate shared text which often links to the current topic or theme; carefully chosen to motivate individuals to become avid lifelong readers.

At Woodfield, we also promote reading via the use of phonics alongside other strategies such as sight recognition. We understand that not all children are phonic learners and therefore we use a range of strategies to enable every child to become the most keen, passionate reader they can be.