Phonics and Reading Schemes

Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress and prepare them for the 2016 National Curriculum Tests.

We teach Phonics using Read Write Inc. at St Peter’s Primary School. In Reception the children are introduced to the phonemes (letter sounds) and graphemes (letter shapes) on a daily basis.  The children progress through sets of sounds known as the simple speed sounds in Reception.

Simple Speed Sounds

In Year 1 and Year 2 children begin to look at the complex speed sounds and the alternative ways to spell the sounds. All children take part in the National Phonics Screening at the end of Year 1.  In Year 1 children have daily phonics lessons and in Year 2 children have daily spelling lessons which help them learn to read, blend and segment words allowing them to become confident, fluent readers and writers.

Complex Sounds

To support parents with the pronunciation of the letter sounds that children learn in school, please take a look at the short video clip.


Further parent support can be found at



Please click the link below for the slides from the Phonic Screening meeting in Term 4 or click on the link to view a short clip about the National Phonic Screen.


Phonics Screening Powerpoint

Other games and website you might find useful.




During a pupil voice survey in June 2017

82% of children said they read 3 or more times a week in school.

73% said they either like reading, are good at reading and find reading easy.

49% of children said they either like doing reading comprehension homework or are good at it.

When asked how a teacher could help them with reading several  children said “Teachers could tell us the word we are stuck on and explain what it means.”

A child in year 4 said “Level us so we read the right books.”

Many children requested being able to  “Read books on the computer or iPads.”

A child in Year 1 said “Move up a level when I say it’s easy.”