Whittlefield Primary School

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Tabor Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB12 0HL


EYFS and KS1 Phonics

We teach our children to read and write using the ‘Read Write Inc’ Scheme developed by Ruth Miskin. It is a systematic approach to the teaching of letter sounds. Phonic sessions are every day for 30 minutes, with the children assessed and grouped by their ability.

Children begin by learning the first set of sounds (set 1) and learn how to say the sound and how to form the letter that makes the sound. The letter formation has a rhyme which helps the children to remember how to correctly form the letter.

read write inc t

‘Down the tower, across the tower’


After the first group of letters are taught, the children then begin to segment and blend. For example: m,a,s,d,t

These are the first 5 letter sounds that your child will learn. Once they know these sounds they can then learn how to blend them to read simple words such as mat, sad, mad, at, sat. The next group of letters are then taught, following the order as shown below.

phonics letters

When a child is confident in recognising the sounds and is able to blend and segment the sounds, using these, they then progress onto learning Set 2 sounds.

ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo (pronounced ‘uh’), ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy

read write inc ow

Each sound has a corresponding rhyme to help your child to remember it. ‘ow, blow the snow’

Set 3 sounds are the next to be taught and are the alternate ways of making the sounds.

read write inc set 3 sounds

When your child recognises these sounds and can read words and sentences containing all the taught sounds, they then come off the programme and have daily grammar, punctuation and spelling sessions.


Please click on the link below to find out more about Read Write Inc


Ruth Miskin – phonics resources and training


Parents – Ruth Miskin Training – Read Write Inc.


Phonics play is a great website for interactive phonic games

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