Support during School Closure for Schools

Ruth Miskin Trainers in schools – update 18th May to 12th June 2020

Now more than ever, our team are itching to work in schools to help teach every child to read.

However, until we have clarity about social distancing in schools and whether outside agencies can visit, we won’t be providing face-to-face training or Development days. We hope you understand.

We can provide remote support, including practice sessions, and help schools set up a plan of action to help children get back on track with phonics and early reading. 

We also have a new package combining online and face-to-face training available from the beginning of July.

Details will be announced on our website and via the newsletter soon.

The team will be in touch with all schools that have bookings this term.

Remote support for schools May and June 2020 

'Our four remote support sessions were invaluable in developing a solid understanding of the programme. 

Group teachers were invited to appropriate sessions, making the best use of everyone’s time. All our queries were addressed, enabling the reading team to make a confident start. The sessions were clear, concise, convenient, tailored to our needs and enjoyable! Highly recommended!’

Reading Leader, Walton-le-Dale Community Primary School, Preston.

Consultant trainers can provide practice sessions for leaders, teachers and one-to-one tutors remotely via Zoom. Reading Leaders and trainers will plan each session together based on the school’s action plan.

Sessions include training and coaching for:

  • YR team: Starting Strong in September, organisation, expectations of progress term by term, sounds and word reading, oral Fred Talk games, Pinny Time and spotlight children  
  • Y1 team: Y1 Phonic assessment and excel tracking, preparing and teaching Afternoon Speed Sound lessons
  • Y2 team: working with children who have not yet passed the PSC, building reading speed 
  • Reading Leaders: the APC cycle, individual reading tracker, progress review meetings, grouping meetings, the practice map, preparing for practice times, planning for September
  • Tutors working one-to-one with children: understanding the Progress through Word Reading document, practice times using tutoring steps and Ruth’s tutoring guide
  • Reading teachers: preparing Storybooks, practice times for Green-Orange and Yellow-Grey teaching activities.

Trainers provide four one-hour sessions over three or four days for the cost of a Development Day.

Contact our team

New Training Model

We are developing a new training package combining:

  • Face-to-face training
  • Online training
  • Practice films
  • Zoom conferencing

This will be available from early July. Details and costings will be confirmed shortly.

Ruth Miskin Training School Portal

  • Full access to all films on the School Portal for schools with a subscription 
  • A Home Reading checklist in the Phonics resources section of the portal
  • FAQs to send to parents in the Phonics resources section of the portal and on the website parent page

For further information

Sign up to Ruth’s updates, Facebook, Twitter and our YouTube channel

Contact our team on 01275 331230

Support during School Closure for Parents and Carers

RWI Phonics lessons at home

To help children learning to read at home during school closure, we are streaming phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

From 1st June:

All films will be available at 9.30 am.

Set 1, 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will restart.
Set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will include new words for reading and spelling.

New daily films:

  • Read longer words: for children who can read Set 3 sounds and words confidently. 
  • Read Red Words 1: for children who are reading Red, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Reception.
  • Read Red Words 2: for children who are reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Y1.
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 1 (from 15th June): reading and writing practice for children reading Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing with Set 1 sounds confidently and learning Set 2 sounds.)
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 2 (from 15th June): reading and writing practice for children reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing words with Set 2 sounds confidently and learning Set 3 sounds.)

Guidance explaining Red Words and Hold a Sentence can be found on the home reading page.

Speed Sounds Set 1 - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds
  • Set 1 Word Time
  • Set 1 Spelling

Speed Sounds Set 2 - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time
  • Set 2 Spelling

Speed Sounds Set 3 - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time
  • Set 3 Spelling

Don't worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, we will replay one a day from each set.

Storytime with Nick

Watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller.

A new story is added to our YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

Due to permissions from publishers, films are only available via a link here and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Read Write Inc. Spelling

Schools with a subscription to Read Write Inc. Spelling can set up a class log-in to the Extra Practice Zone for activities for children to practise spelling at home.

Poetry Time films

To encourage a love of poetry, we have seven Poetry Time films for children in Reception and Year 1 to watch. Our performers, Nick and Elly, show how reading poems with thought and attention can evoke strong feelings in children – and adults! Children and parents can join in, enjoy the poems again and again and even learn them by heart.

The films are available on our YouTube page and our website. PDFs of the poems for adults to read to children are available on the home reading page too.

Parent and carer hotline

We now have a hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Please email with any queries.

Oxford Owl for Home from Oxford University Press

  • 72 free eBooks matched to Read Write Inc. Phonics Storybooks
  • 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets
  • 28 Ditty practice sheets
  • Parent information booklets
  • 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows
  • 3 Speed Sounds slideshows
  • My Set 1 and My Sets 2 and 3 as free eBooks

For free Read Write Inc. Phonics eBooks, activities and advice, visit Oxford Owl for Home:

Parents and carers will need to login to access eBooks.

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