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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School


Phonics is a method used to teach children to read the sounds in words. It helps children to learn to read quickly and efficiently and is an essential part of a child’s early education. At St Barnabas and St Paul’s, we use a systematic phonics programme called Read Write Inc.



Using Read Write Inc Phonics, pupils will:

  • develop their vocabulary through role play and discussion
  • develop speaking and listening skills
  • learn the grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) in a clear sequence, from the simple alphabetic code, to phonemes with alternative graphemes
  • learn to decode words by identifying the graphemes and blending the phonemes using Fred Talk (e.g. c-a-t)
  • learn to spell words by segmenting them into phonemes
  • make phonetically plausible attempts to spell words correctly
  • write simple sentences with confidence
  • select the correct GPC for words that contain sounds that have more than one GPC (eg. ay, ai, a-e)
  • read red words and common exception words quickly and correctly
  • spell red words and common exception words accurately


How you can help at home:

  • Read with your child every night, encouraging them to Fred Talk when they come across a difficult word
  • Practise the sounds at home
  • Make sure that children attend school every day as this will help your child to make the most progress
  • Visit the Parents section of the RWI website for more tips, techniques and helpful hints


“Learning to read is like learning to run. The more you practise, the faster you become.” Sophie Carter