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Coningsby St Michael's Church of England Primary School

Believe. Aspire. Succeed.

All about starting phonics


A letter from Ruth Miskin


Dear Parents,

We all know that reading opens the door to all learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.

A good reader will be able to read challenging material.

A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.

It is, therefore, vital that your child finds learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience.

The following pages outline the way our literacy programme works.

We hope that you will not hesitate to ask for any help throughout the programme. We are here for your child!

Best wishes,


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at


Who is Read Write Inc. for?

The Read Write Inc. programme is for primary school children learning to read. Children will begin the programme in Year R and will remain on the programme until they are reading fluently and at speed, normally by the end of Year 2.

How will it work?

Year R & Year 1

Children will be taught RWI daily within structured, fun and fast pace lessons. Your child will be assessed regularly by the RWI lead teacher. When they have reached an appropriate level they will be grouped

according to their reading level.


Year 2

Children who need to complete the RWI programme will continue with daily phonics lessons until they are fluent speedy readers.  Children are assessed regularly and are grouped according to their reading stage not their age.

If your child needs extra support they will have an additional 10 minutes each day to maintain their progress.


How do I know it works?


  • The systematic and lively programme is organised by our RWI lead teacher experienced in phonics
    • All staff (teachers and assistants) are trained together by a RWI specialist
    • Staff take part in weekly meetings to maintain their knowledge
    • The children read and write for up to an hour each day, (20/30-minute sessions for Reception children)
    • Children do not struggle because the work is too difficult or get bored because the work is too easy
    • Children are assessed and regrouped each term according to their reading level
    • Staff are monitored regularly by the RWI lead teacher and other senior members of staff to ensure fidelity to the programme


How can I help as a parent?

Show your child the fun in reading!

Read a variety of stories as well as old favourites.  You can find out about good stories to read to your child here: