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Woodlands Academy

Phonics at Woodlands

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. However, at Woodlands we will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.


The children:

  • - learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts – see below
  • - learn to read words using Fred talk and sound blending
  • - read from a range of storybooks and non-fictions books matched to their phonic knowledge
  • - work well with partners
  • - develop comprehension skills in stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions


The children:

  • - learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • - learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • - learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write 


The children work in pairs so that they:

  • - answer every question
  • - practise every activity with their partner
  • - take turns in talking and reading to each other
  • - develop ambitious vocabulary

Fred Talk

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! we call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.


The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred. 

Click here to watch Ruth Miskin on how to teach blending to children.

Order of Story books: Children will hopefully follow the order listed below. The expectation is that all children will leave Year One as confident speedy readers, ready to take on the challenges of Year Two. However, some children may need extra support and your teacher will talk to you about this. 



All children who are accessing RWI Phonics will receive two reading books. One reading book that matches their book level and the sounds that they are learning - we call this an "I can" book as children can read this themselves. They have a second book, a "we can" book to share together with an adult to develop their love of reading.