Phonics - Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc (RWI)
RWI is a synthetic phonics programme that teaches children to read. Children are taught sounds and their corresponding letter/letters groups using simple picture prompts. The pronunciation of these sounds is critical so please click this link to see how you can best support your child's learning at home. More information about RWI can be found on the Oxford Owl website
 
While your child is learning synthetic phonics, they will bring home short texts which match the phonics sounds they have been taught so far. This book is a celebration of their reading and we recommend that they read it at least three times; once for decoding, once for fluency and once for comprehension. 
Any sort of practising you can do at home makes a huge difference to your child's success in their early reading and writing skills. The PowerPoints below can be used to practise the Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds; the latter are alternative spellings for the majority of Set 3 sounds, so please wait until after your child has studied Set 1 and 2 (typically by Easter in Reception) before showing them these. There is also a summary of the sounds they learn attached with a guide to the rhymes to form each letter!
In school, we separate the sounds into Simple Speed Sounds (Sets 1 and 2) and Complex Speed Sounds (Sets 3 and 3+). These are displayed on posters in the classrooms so that children can access and use these across their writing, particularly to consider different spelling patterns and alternative sounds as they move up to KS1. Both posters are attached below if you wish to have a copy at home.
Meet Fred the Frog...he only speaks in sounds, so he is a firm friend throughout your child's time learning their RWI Phonics! We're sure you'll hear all about him as they learn new sounds and concepts through RWI!
Your child may come home talking about green words and red words, but don't fear! These are the terms used in RWI to describe different types of words. Green words are those that are phonetically decodable, meaning they can be sounded out and blended because their sounds follow known patterns. Red words are those that are not phonetically decodable or have very rare sound patterns; you may know them as tricky words or common exception words, which are terms that can be used interchangeably with red words. The important difference is that red words cannot be sounded out, so they must be memorised and recognised on sight - please encourage your child not to try to break them up into their sounds if you practise them at home together!
If you are looking for a really good way to embed those alternative grapheme spellings in Set 2 and Set 3, here are some handy sheets that compare the two spellings of the phonemes!