What is Read, Write, Inc?
In Read, Write, Inc, children learn phonemes (sounds) and the matching grapheme (letters that are written to represent that sound).
Sounds are divided into three sets:
Fred Talk (Green Words)
As part of phonics sessions, children are introduced to Fred Frog once they are ready to start reading words. Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs children to help him read the word (blend the sounds together). Fred can say the sounds and children will read the whole word. For example, Fred will say the sounds d-o-g and the children will say the word dog. This is called Fred Talk. Fred helps children throughout their phonics journey – he really enjoys sitting on children’s shoulders too! The words which Fred can help with are ‘green’ words – these are all phonetically decodable words.
Fred can’t read ‘red’ words are these are sight words – they can’t be sounded out. For example, ‘me’, ‘what’ and ‘come’. Children must learn these words by sight and memory.
To support children these words are printed on to card using their different colours.
Nonsense words (also known as alien words) are made-up words using a mixture of the sounds children have learnt. Children need to understand when they are reading nonsense words so that they are not confused by trying to read the words for meaning.
Phonics Home Readers
In addition to home reading books children on the RWI scheme will receive a copy of the decodable text they have been reading in phonics lessons each Friday and this is due back to school the following Tuesday.
Each week we post the videos of the sounds taught. The videos are only valid for 7 days.
Please have a pencil and paper ready for your child to watch the lessons.
We have now learnt all the set 1 sounds in RWI. We are assessing the children and will be consolidating these sounds and using them to read longer words.
We will be posting different sounds and videos to watch each day. Keep using your flash cards at home to read the sounds as quickly as possible.
Don't forget to learn the words - I - go - the - to - no - into - We want children to know how to read and write these words quickly by Christmas.