Read Write Inc. Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics

We use Read Write Inc. phonics to learn our letter sounds. Click on the link to watch a video about how to pronounce the different sounds we will learn.

For the phrases to accompany sounds please click on: 

Green Words

During our Read Write Inc sessions we practise our reading skills by reading ‘Green Words’. These are words that are decodable because they only contain sounds that your child will be able to recognise. The children have met Fred during our sessions. Fred is a frog who can not read words as we can but says everything in sounds, or ‘Fred Talk’.

The children know to sound out or ‘Fred Talk’ each sound whilst pointing underneath the letters, then to blend the sounds to make the word. If your child knows them on sight they can read them without sounding out and this is an important progression in their reading.

Red Words

In the Read, Write, Inc. scheme ‘red words’ are used to help the children recognise the fact that there are words that are tricky to read because you can not sound them out in the normal way. With your child, look for the parts of each word that they can sound out normally and then identify the parts that are tricky! Your child needs to be able to read these words on sight.

Phonics Screening Check

In Key Stage 1 children are assessed at the end of Year 1 using a Government Statutory Assessment Tool known as the Phonics Screening Check. This screening check confirms whether the child has learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and will identify sounds needing further consolidation in Year 2. Class teachers will send work for this home as appropriate. Please speak to your class teacher about ways to support your child with this at home.

Resources for parents

Year one Phonics screening:

Visit this site for all the previous phonics test words. Your child can practise on the laptop/computer or you can print the words out for them to dot and dash.

Visit this site to play buried treasure, picnic on pluto or dragons den. Choose the sound(s) you want to work on and click play. Your child will be given a word. They must find the special friends, sound it out and blend it. They then sort it into ‘real word’ or ‘nonsense word’.

Visit this site to play a game similar to buried treasure. Click on phase 3, 4 and 5 words.

Teach your monster to read. This game it completely free on a computer, you choose the level appropriate for your child (most year ones are on champion reader- ask your class teacher if you are unsure). This game is really helpful for consolidating sounds if your child needs it.

Other Games:

Fred Frog games:

Lots of videos and games to help with recognising letters and reading:

Sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!:

Letters and sounds initial sound game - this game lets your child reveal a sound/letter and then try to find the picture that starts with the same sound:

Loads of spelling games:

This game allows your child to listen to the sounds in a word and to pick the correct letter. Then they can see what word they have made with all of the sounds together:

Several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.:

For free reading books: