Read Write Inc

Reading is so important to a child. Once a child can read, this will open many doors to their learning. Through reading, children learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them and furthermore, inspire their imagination. Not only that, but reading expands a child’s vocabulary, enhancing their writing and speech. Through teaching Read Write Inc (RWI) daily, we hope to give every child at Firs this life changing, indispensable skill.


At Firs we use the RWI programme to get children off to a confident start with their literacy and language. RWI is a teaching method based on letter phonics (sounds). We teach children to recognise and apply the phonics in their reading and spelling.


Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. With this, we hope that every child will grow to find pleasure and enjoyment through reading.

It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.


When using RWI to read the children will:


  • learn 70+ sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk to start, then as they progress without Fred Talk
  • read stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions


When using RWI to write the children will:


  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 70+ sounds.
  • learn to spell words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple and complex sentences


Please click on the link below to view parent guides for RWInc. This include a video showing the correct pronunciations of Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds. – pure sound pronunciation YouTube link


A guide for parents can also be found here

Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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