At Ysgol-y-Castell our children follow a synthetic phonic programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing.

The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a teacher or teaching assistant on the Read Write Inc programme and are regularly assessed to ensure they are in the correct group.


What do children learn in Read Write Inc? 

When using Read Write Inc to READ the children will:

learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture 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’ discussion questions






When using Read Write Inc to WRITE the children will:


learn to write the letters/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 and non-fiction texts based on picture strips and discussion prompts




When using Read Write Inc the children will also work in PAIRS:

to answer every question

to practise every activity

to take turns talking to each other

to give positive praise to each other




Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, nursery rhymes…).  Discuss the different features of books.  Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared. Explain the meaning of new words.  Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories and reading a range of texts e.g. cereal packets, shopping lists, road signs, web pages, magazines, newspapers etc.

For more information about the Read Write Inc programme in our school, please contact the school.