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At Sherrier we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their phonics and reading. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their early 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.
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


To know more about Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds and words click on the link:

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Speed Sounds:

RWI phonics involves using ‘pure sounds’ to learn to read and spell. Children are taught to form letters using a selection of rhymes.


You can find the rhymes on this sheet:

Handwriting Rhymes

The speed sounds are taught in 3 different sets and get more complex as they work through them:

A printable list of the speed sounds can be found here: Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds, it also includes rhymes for special friends (one sound shown by more than 1 letter).

Useful resources

Amazon: Phonics flash cards

Amazon: Phonics flash cards 2

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