St Joseph's School - A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Read Write Inc.



At St. Joseph’s School, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy skills.  RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their early reading and writing. 


Using RWI, the children learn to read fluently so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.  It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they want to write. 


When using RWI to read the children will: 

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) using simple picture prompts 
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk, and then more fluently as they become more confident 
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out 
  • learn to read ‘red’ words  
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions. 


When using RWI to write the children will: 


  • learn to write the graphemes which represent 44 sounds. 
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk 
  • learn to write ‘red’ words which cannot be Fred Talked 
  • write simple sentences using punctuation 
  • compose stories based on picture strips 
  • compose a range of stories based on writing frames. 


Below are links to video clips which shows how to say the RWI sounds correctly and how to use Fred Talk. 

Parent video: How to say the sounds - YouTube 

Parent video: Sound blending - YouTube 


Resources for parents can be found here:  

Year 1 & Reception Parents Phonics Screening Workshop 

Thank you to all parents who attended!

Please click here to view the slides that were shared at the session.