For more detailed information about our schools curriculum, see the curriculum section on each year group's page.




"Synthetic phonics offers the vast majority of young children the best and most direct route to becoming skilled readers and writers." Sir Jim Rose, Rose Review of Reading 2006


So why this particular programme?

Read Write Inc;

  • is rooted in synthetic phonics.
  • has been tried and tested over and over again.
  • is systematic, structured and therefore results in  rapid teaching and learning of sounds and blending.
  • means that, importantly and simply, when children know these sounds well and they can blend, they read books that are carefully matched to the sounds they know. Which means that children are successful from the very beginning!
  • all Reading Teachers received 2 whole days intensive training to teach the programme.


How can you help your child?




  • Saying the 44 English sounds in a pure way (make sure your children are not saying muh, suh, huh).
  • Knowing the letters and groups of letters (graphemes) used to read and write the sounds. Use the simple and complex charts below with your child. If you would like a copy of these charts, please do not hesitate to see Miss Ilkiw who will be happy to help.
  • Understanding ‘Fred’ and how he helps with reading and spelling


Fred Talk is for reading. We start with the written word and use our phonic knowledge to say each individual sound and then blend them back together to read the word, e.g. m-a-t  → mat.


Fred Fingers is for spelling. We start with the spoken word and then break it down into the sounds we can hear. We then need to choose the correct grapheme (spelling choice) for each of the sounds to write the word.


  • By reading to your child lots of lovely stories and asking lots of questions!
  • By enriching conversations through description:

        “Look at that rain. It looks like little diamonds sparkling on the window pane!”

  • By having fun with words and language.

        “I’m as hot as a spud in a cooking pot!”

  • By praising your child for using new words or interesting images




Phoneme -  The smallest unit of sounds in a word represented by letters or groups of letters.

Grapheme - A written letter or group of letters that represent a sound e.g. the sound s can be represented by the graphemes s in sun, ce in dance, ss in dress, st in whistle, cy in cycle and so on.

Fred – frog puppet used to help children read and spell.

Decoding - To read a word by saying the sounds then joining, or blending, those sounds together to form the word.


Sound Charts


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