At Cromwell Learning Community we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. RWI is a method of learning centred around a systematic program of teaching phonics, and we use it to support children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using Fred Talk
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to write the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- write simple sentences
- compose stories based on picture strips
- compose a range of stories based on writing frames.
Below is a link to a video clip and a letter which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially ‘Fred talk’!
Video - RWI in action (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNSSU1O3KU8)
WORD TIME 1 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime1GreenWordscopy.pdf)
WORD TIME 2 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime2GreenWordscopy.pdf)
WORD TIME 3 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime3GreenWords.pdf)
WORD TIME 4 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime4GreenWords.pdf)
WORD TIME 5 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime5GreenWords.pdf)
WORD TIME 6 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime6GreenWords.pdf)
WORD TIME 7 (http://www.cromwell.bham.sch.uk/sites/default/files/u46/WordTime7GreenWords.pdf)
Listed below are some videos showing you how to teach phonics
How to say the sounds correctly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2Ddf_0Om8)
Ruth Miskin modelling the complex sounds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRYiOcqyEs8)
Ruth Miskin modelling how to teach blending (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q)
Ruth Miskin discussing the Phonics screening check - waiting for new video