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Brierley Forest

Primary and Nursery School





Our school's Read Write Inc. 'Reading leader' (Phonics lead) is: Miss Hale

What is Read Write Inc Phonics?

Understanding Phonics

Sound pronunciation

Why read to your child?

Links to websites for support: 


Ruth Muskin parents page


RWI facebook page


Read Write Inc. Guide for Parents




RWI Glossary: 





Fred is a frog puppet we use in sessions. He can only speak in sounds. 

Fred talk 

Sounding out a word, saying each of the sounds before blending

Fred fingers

‘Pinching’ each sound from a word on your fingers to help spell a word

Green words

Decodable words

Red words

Irregular words that cannot be sounded out

Story Green words

Decodable words that will be included in the storybook 

Speedy green words

Decodable words in the storybook that children should be able to read at speed rather than fred talking first. 

Fred in your Head

Still sounding out a word but doing so in your head rather than out loud, helps build fluency. 

Special friends

Two or three letters working together to make one sound e.g. sh, ch, igh, air, a-e, i-e. 

The Phonics Screening Check

In the summer term of Year 1 (and this year Y2)  the children will participate in a phonics screening check, this usually takes place in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill. Watch the video to find out a little more about it.