4 to 8-year-old children
1 hour a day
Taught by teachers and TAs
4 to 30 grouped according to progress
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.
The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know.
They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly.
Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.
- Staff can access all our latest training films – more are added to the subscription throughout the year
- Schools can start online training at any time (they don’t need to wait until their next INSET day)
- All staff can access training throughout the year in bite-size chunks to practise, revisit and prepare for teaching new groups
- Schools can send home the right YouTube films matched to the sounds they are learning in school
Yes. Trainers make the biggest difference to children’s progress, even in our very established schools. We do, however, offer a reduced package that includes the Online Training subscription with a one-hour remote session – to help you make the best use of the films – and one (or more) Development Days.
No. Our Virtual Classroom is one part of the Online Training subscription. Read Write Inc. Phonics is a full comprehensive literacy programme: its strength lies in its application of our phonics lessons to reading and writing. To make the Virtual Classroom films available separately would be like selling a car with an ignition and no engine!
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This depends on how familiar your school is with Read Write Inc. We do recommend that new schools book at least one face-to-face training day.
Our trainers are skilled at galvanizing leaders and teachers to put the teaching of reading at the heart of the school. They also set up the necessary habits for practice and coaching.
Yes. The trainer will discuss tailoring activities to meet the needs of all children. The subscription comes with access to Special School practice films, and schools can also choose to book a bespoke face-to-face training day.
There is no difference. The subscription includes both Day 1 (Speed Sounds lessons) and Day 2 (Storybook lessons) of training, plus additional films for continued professional development.
Day 1 content:
Timings: 9am to 3.45pm
Day 2 content:
Timings: 9am to 3.30pm
The programme is designed for Reception to Year 2 children as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme and can be taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is our phonics programme with more age appropriate resources for older children in Years 5,6,7 and 8.
Training is suitable for any member of staff who will be teaching, or leading the teaching of, Read Write Inc. Phonics from Reception to Year 6, including the Senior Leadership Team, teachers, and teaching assistants.
Both trainings are based on our Read Write Inc. Phonics programme and include the same teaching principles.
Our standard Read Write Inc. Phonics training is suitable for those teaching Reception to Year 4.
Phonics for Nursery training is a version of the Phonics training suitable for Nursery staff. It teaches Set 1 Sounds and how to blend sounds to read words but does not teach the reading or writing activities. Please see the training content for Nursery for more information. There is a separate Phonics for Nursery handbook and simple resources.
In-school Training is for up to 45 members of staff. If you need to train more than this, please book more than one trainer. For individual staff members, or groups of fewer than 10, you may want to book onto Regional Training.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a two-day training. For schools planning to teach the whole Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, including the reading and writing elements, booking both days sets teachers up for success. Day 1 focuses on Speed Sounds lessons; Day 2 focuses on teaching reading and writing with decodable storybooks and Get Writing! Books.
For In School Training, we recommend a gap of approximately 4 weeks between Day 1 and 2. Teaching staff focus on teaching phonics only before the reading and writing training on Day 2. For Regional Training, days are consecutive.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is appropriate for special schools or SEN units in mainstream schools. There is no difference in the resources, but the training videos are filmed in SEN schools, and the trainer will discuss tailoring activities to meet the needs of all students.
Children learning English as an additional language make speedy progress when learning to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Ruth developed the programme at a school where all children were second language learners. Children are grouped according to their reading progress and re-assessed every half term – they learn sounds and practise reading every day at exactly the right level.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a structured programme – designed to ensure all children learn to read accurately and fluently. Comprehensive planning is provided for teachers so they can channel their energy and creativity into teaching fun and engaging lessons.
Yes, Read Write Inc. Phonics is fully matched to the National Curriculum. We suggest that, alongside teaching the programme for an hour a day, teachers read poetry and stories to their children every day too.
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