Read Write Inc. Spelling is for children in Years 2 to 6 who can read accurately, with increasing speed. With 15 minutes of daily teaching, children develop confident spelling.


Although the teaching of phoneme-grapheme correspondence underpins this programme, it also develops children’s knowledge of word families, how suffixes impact upon root words, and provides mnemonics to remember the trickiest spellings.

The teaching revolves around instruction (with the help of online alien characters), partner and group practice, and competitive group challenges that help children commit new words to memory.

How is it organised?

6 to 11-year-olds who can read

15 to 20 minutes a day

Taught by teacher

Groups of up to 30 children at same level

Half-termly assessments


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Read Write Inc. Spelling is closely matched to Year 2 to 6 National Curriculum Spelling requirements

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Frequently asked questions

What reading level do children need to start Read Write Inc. Spelling?

Read Write Inc. Spelling is designed for children in Years 2 to 6, who are able to read fluently at or above National Curriculum expectations.

How does initial assessment work?

Pre-programme activities assess children’s knowledge of phonics and Year 1 spelling knowledge to make sure they are ready to start the programme.

In the online Oxford Owl resource  there are 8 pre-programme special focus pages introducing and consolidating key concepts from the Year 1 curriculum. Find these in the Year 1 section of the online resource.

See ‘Instructions for starting Read Write Inc. Spelling at Year 2’ for an illustration of how to assess children starting the programme.

How are children assessed during the programme?

Practice tests assess children’s spelling progress using the same format as the statutory assessments in England. Online tracking spreadsheets enable you to record and track individual children’s progress and identify units or concepts you might need to teach again.

How does it match the outcomes of the National Curriculum?

The Handbook grids show the unit order for Read Write Inc. Spelling and its link to the National Curriculum English Appendix 1: Spelling. There are also online resources following the National Curriculum.

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