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At Abbott, we use Read Write Inc Phonics to give your child the best possible start with their literacy.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is created by Ruth Miskin and Published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensures the programme has the best chance of success in schools.

Why do we use Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. Through Read Write Inc. Phonics, we are able to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Who is Read Write Inc for?

At Abbott, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Nursery to Year 2 and for our children beyond year 2 who still need support in their reading.

How do children learn to read?

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Reading with Fred Talk

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Children read words by blending sounds together using Fred talk. We use pure sounds (removing the ‘uh’ from the sounds) so that your child can blend the sounds into words more easily.

m-a-t = mat

sh-i-p = ship

c-oi-n = coin

Spelling with Fred Fingers

Children convert words into sounds in order to spell them using Fred fingers. They hold up fingers to show how many sounds are in the word then they press the sounds on to their fingers. This helps children to spell words independently.

Key Stage 1 Phonics Screening Check

At the end of Year 1, the children will be expected to complete the Key Stage 1 Phonics Screening Check. The purpose of the check is to confirm whether individual children have learnt decoding and blending skills to meet an age-appropriate standard. The screening contains 40 words including a combination of real words and nonsense words. We will be working hard throughout the year to ensure that all children are ready for the check. If your child does not meet the pass mark, they will have to retake the screening in Year 2.

Helping your child at home

Reading with your child at home is vital to support their phonic progress. This includes both listening to your child read and also reading to them. When reading with your child, encourage them to decode the sounds using Fred talk.

For more information and tutorials on how to support your child with their reading, go to: