Read Write Inc. Phonics

Here at Tall Oaks Academy Trust, we have invested in a nationally accredited successful way of teaching synthetic phonics called Read Write Inc. Phonics (also known as RWI). This scheme was developed by Ruth Miskin, who has become one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. She worked for many years as a head teacher, teacher trainer and consultant in phonics and literacy, and developed Read, Write Inc. as a process of teaching synthetic phonics.

Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – for example the letter ‘L’ makes the sound ‘llllll’ when said. Synthetic phonics also teaches children to read words by synthesising the sounds together to make a word.

Before your son / daughter can start to read, they need to learn to:
  • Recognise all 44 sounds from the English language. These are called ‘phonemes’.
  • Say the sound that is represented by each letter or groups of letters (graphemes). In RWI, these are called ‘Speed Sounds’
  • How to blend the sounds together in a word to read it, e.g. c-a-t -> cat (synthesising). In RWI, this is called ‘sound-blending’.

Where to go for further help?

A perfect place to look for some further information is on the Ruth Miskin website at:

If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s learning of phonics and reading, please see your child’s class teacher in the first instance. We are always willing to support you in any way that we can.

Resources for Home

Here you will find a selection of phonics flash cards and word lists to support your child’s reading as they progress through the Read Write Inc. phonics programme

Click here for the Tall Oaks Academy Trust RWI parents’ guide. Click below for a RWI pronunciations guide.