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Phonics - RWI



Here at Mercer’s Wood we use a synthetic phonics scheme to teach early reading skills called Read, Write, Inc. The programme gets children reading quickly, accurately and fluently. Every child’s progress is tracked through ongoing assessment and children are grouped by ability so they all learn rapidly and at the right level. Lots of partner work means that every child participates in the whole lesson. The programme starts with the forty-four initial phonemes that the children need to know then develops into blending, segmenting and looking at graphemes for spelling.


Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – for example the letter ‘L’ makes the sound ‘llllll’ when said. Synthetic phonics also teaches children to read words by synthesising the sounds together to make a word.


Before your son / daughter can start to read, they need to learn to:


  • Recognise all 44 sounds from the English language. These are called ‘phonemes’.
  • Say the sound that is represented by each letter or groups of letters (graphemes). In RWI, these are called ‘Speed Sounds’
  • How to blend the sounds together in a word to read it, e.g. c-a-t -> cat (synthesising). In RWI, this is called ‘sound-blending’.


Where to go for further help?


A perfect place to look for some further information is on the Ruth Miskin website at:


If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s learning of phonics and reading, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.


We are always willing to support you in any way that we can. 

From Wednesday 13th January we are changing the way that your child will access their phonics Read Write Inc home learning lesson.


A daily Read Write Inc phonics lesson will be available on YouTube. You will receive an email with your child’s current Set number (Set 1, Set 2 or Set 3).


This set number will tell you which program your child needs to watch.

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