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At Northfield Road, these Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:


Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about
Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning
Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability
Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning
Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.



At Northfield Road we use Read Write Inc, which is a proven phonics scheme, which through a mixture of sounds and images enables the children to retain sounds in their working and long term memory and learn to read.  Phonics (RWI) aims to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.


Mrs Mcloughlin is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.



What is Read Write Inc?


Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. At Northfield Road we begin the programme in reception and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.


RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at



How will RWI be taught?


All children are assessed regularly by one of our RWI teachers.

Groups are small and based on children's needs.This allows complete participation in lessons.
Daily lessons provide regular opportunities for feedback.


In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down.


What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.


It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.


Further information can be found by following the link below.




Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child learn about phonics. 


There are free video tutorials on our website – Select ‘Find out more’ at the top, then ‘Parents’ from the drop-down list:
Free e-books for home reading: