Phonics and Reading Schemes


The government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Here at Outwood Primary Academy Greystone, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning based upon 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 can read more 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 they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant. In addition to the RWI, children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own teacher.


When using RWI to read the children will:

. Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts.
. Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk).
. Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
. Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'.


When using RWI to write the children will:

• Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds.
• Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers).
• Learn to write simple then more complex sentences.
• Compose stories based on story strips.
• Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.


When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

• To answer questions.
• To practise every activity.
• To take turns talking and listening to each other.
• To give positive praise to each other.


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 (the links are further down the page).

Reading Books Sent Home

When children start in Reception they will begin to bring home Set 1 sounds. Once the children are able to recognise these sounds they will begin to bring home an Oxford Reading Tree conversation book.
Once children can blend fluently, they will begin to bring home a Read Write Inc book and an Oxford Reading Tree Book.

Once children can blend fluently, they will begin to bring home a Read Write Inc book and an Oxford Reading Tree Book.

Year One
Children on Green level to Orange level will bring home a RWI book, an Oxford Reading Tree and a Book Banded Book.
They also have access to Bug Club where they have been assigned books. Please use this valuable resource.
Read Write Inc Books: Please encourage your child to read though the speed sounds page first, then the green and red words page and then check your child understands the meaning of words on the vocabulary check page, before they start reading the book. Your child will have read this book at least three times before they bring it home. They should be able to read this book with fluency and expression by the time they bring it home and they should have a good comprehension of what the book is about. At the back of the book are find it/prove it questions for you to do with your child.

Oxford Reading Tree: These books are to extend your child's reading. Your child should be able to read most of this book however they might need a little support, especially with the first read.

The following section shows the order of the books.

Within each colour, you can see which set of sounds your child should be reading and the corresponding green and red words.

Sounds and Books