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Read. Write Inc

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc. phonics is a whole-school approach to teaching literacy for 4 to 9-year olds that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

It integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting using engaging partner work and drama.


Fred the Frog  


Children are taught to ‘Fred talk‘ words by sounding out and blending to read.   mat

Children are taught to spell by hearing and saying sounds in a word before writing them down. We call this using ‘Fred fingers‘.


Fred Talk

Fred is a frog puppet who says, reads and spells words in pure sounds; he never says the whole word so the children do this for him. He never adds ‘uh’ after a consonant sound e.g. fuh, luh (a slight ‘uh’ cannot be helped when saying the sounds b, g, d, j, w and y).


You can find a video on the correct pronunciation of sounds here



A grapheme is one letter or group of letters used to write one sound, e.g. the sound ‘f’ can be written with the grapheme f (fun), ff (huff) and ph (phone).



Syllables are chunks within long words.



The root is the part of the word that gives the most meaning.


Adding Suffixes

You also need to know how to add a suffix to a word like this…

  • _ed (as in jumped)                       
  • _ing (as in playing)                      
  • _er (as in cooler)
  • _est (as in greatest)                  
  • _ful (as in grateful)                        
  • _y (as in tidy)