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Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a literacy programme developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. It is taught in over 5000 schools in the United Kingdom, making it the country’s most popular way for children to learn to read using phonics.

In the programme children learn sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters. Then, they read books written using only the letters they have learnt (and a small number of separately taught ‘tricky words’). This gives the children plenty of early success and builds up their reading confidence.

Read Write Inc. Phonics includes lots of useful kits for parents as well as classroom resources. Our reading and writing kits have been developed for parents who want to support their child’s phonics learning at home. You can use them to systematically teach all of the common sounds in the English language, helping your child to recognise the sounds and then to ‘sound-blend’ them into words for reading. Children become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Info for parents

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New Phonics lessons every day on YouTube from Monday 20th April

To help children learning to read at home during school closure, we are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Repeats of lessons streamed up until Friday 3rd April will be shown during the Easter holidays (6th - 17th April excluding Bank Holidays).

Speed Sounds Set 1 - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am

Speed Sounds Set 2 - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15am

Speed Sounds Set 3 - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
  • Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Don't worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, we will replay one a day from each set.

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sound lesson schedule.

For free Read Write Inc. Phonics eBooks, activities and advice, visit Oxford Owl for Home:






The Tess and Hal comic strips include alien words as part of the stories. These fun adventures are a great way to practise reading . These stories contain the first phonic sounds . The fifth strip introduces the phonemes ‘ay’ and ‘ar’. Worksheets accompany each comic strip in which the child finds the word using the picture and copies it down, then writing a sentence with two simple prompts.