Phonics & Spelling

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Spelling is a huge part of writing and all year groups access spelling programmes to help consistently improve the standard of spelling across the school. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, we use the RWI approach to teach phonics, and No Nonsense Spelling is taught in KS2. We pride ourselves in having spellings and handwriting as ‘non-negotiables’ across all subjects – not just English – so the children are applying spelling strategies across all subject areas. Spellings are not sent home each week as we have found this to be ineffective. Instead, great emphasis is placed daily on choosing the correct spellings and working out how to spell a word.

Planning & Assessment from the National Curriculum



Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme

 The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

 Here at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy, we are embarking on our journey of using Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English.  The children will be assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant.

 Our Read Write Inc 'Reading Leader' is Miss Souter


When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'


When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)


When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions
  • To take turns talking and listening to each other
  • To give positive praise to each other


Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. d-o-g = dog , sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set

 Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

 Read Write Inc Books

Please encourage your child to read though the speed sounds page first, then the green and red words page and then check your child understands the meaning of words on the vocabulary check page, before they start reading the book. Your child will have read this book at least three times before they bring it home. They should be able to read this book with fluency and expression by the time they bring it home and they should have a good comprehension of what the book is about. At the back of the book are find it/prove it questions for you to do with your child.

 Take a look at the videos to see how you can help your child with their pure sound and visit the RWI website for more information.



 Click on the links below for more information.

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RWI Year 1

RWI Year 2