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Carlton Primary Academy

Together We Can Achieve Anything

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Carlton Primary Academy

Together We Can Achieve Anything


'Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and you can achieve anything, and I mean anything'

Jeanette Wilson

At Carlton Primary Academy we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing
The children:
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using sound blending
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • have meaningful discussions, led by an adult, that show they comprehend the stories by answering questions
The children:
  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
  • learn to build sentences orally using adventurous vocabulary
  • start with simple sentences and develop towards more complex ones by the end of the programme
  • compose a range of texts using discussion prompts
Children work in pairs so that they:
  • answer every question
  • practice every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking to each other


How can I help my child learn to read?
Read as many stories to your child as you can. Traditional tales, stories from other cultures, poetry, and their favourite story - talk about the stories with them.
Explain the meaning of new words. Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories.

Green words.


Children learn to read a new sound in a ‘green word’ in which children will spot the special friends and ‘Fred Talk’. Fred Talk is a way of saying each sound and then putting the sounds together to read the word e.g.  s-t-ar-t – start. This is called ‘blending’. Once children are confident at ‘Fred Talking’ we encourage children to ‘Fred in their head’. This is a method where children say the sounds silently in their head and then read the word out loud. This helps develop children’s fluency. Once children are able to recognise a lot of words by sight, we encourage children to ‘speedy read’. We encourage children to just read the word instead of ‘Fred Talking’. This helps promote children’s fluency.


Below are PowerPoints containing words in the order that children are taught a new sound. Why don't you see which words your child can read up to?


These are the teaching steps we say to the children. Show your child a green word. Ask the child to spot the special friends (2 letters that make 1 sound - there may not be any) and then ask your child to 'Fred Talk'.

Red words


In the Read, Write, Inc. ‘red words’ are used to help the children recognise the fact that there are words that are tricky to read because you can not sound them out in the normal way. With your child, look for the parts of each word that they can sound out normally and then identify the parts that are tricky! Your child needs to be able to read these words on sight.