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Read Write Inc

At Walford Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing skills.  RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning.  A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material.  A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.  The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.  It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts;
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk;
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out;
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds;
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk;
  • write simple sentences.


Our Reading Schemes

Walford Nursery & Primary School uses two reading schemes. Oxford Reading Tree and Songbirds. These Schemes are used throughout EYFS, Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two. The two schemes run parallel to each other and have been matched up to ensure each stage complements the relevant reading.


Oxford Reading Tree



W - 1C

Green / Blue


Blue / Red


Red / Yellow


Orange / Turquoise












Children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are reading the correct stage book. This enables the correct book is selected to enable both pace of reading and sufficient challenge to help progress pupil’s reading fluency. Children in Key Stage One are given a reading book to take home regularly and have a reading diary/communication book which is a home /school link to allow parents to support their child at home.


Oxford Reading Tree is a Character led sequence of books which follow the lives and adventures of the central characters Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. The initial levels are phonetically structured. The controlled vocabulary increasingly introduces more complex vocabulary as the scheme progresses. The adventures and predicaments that the central characters find themselves in allow the reader to think about and engage with the characters and ask questions about the stories.


Songbirds is written by the author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.  Songbirds Phonics have been created to support children who are learning to read, and are used in schools to teach phonics and inspire a love of reading.