Read, Write Inc

At Oakham C of E we teach a synthetic phonics scheme called Read, Write INC.  This is a system developed by Ruth Miskin to ensure children learn a complete system for all of the sounds of the English language.  As part of the scheme the children practise the sounds through different verbal games, writing and reading activities. 

Children progress through a range of coloured books in order to learn the full range of sounds and apply them in their literacy.

We are very lucky to have a huge range of books within the school in both the library and in our ‘reading scheme’ banded boxes. We use Oxford Reading Tree books in our reading scheme along with Rigby Rockets, Rigby Star and Fireflies, amongst others, in order to give the children a broad and vaired selection of books to choose from.  

Teaching synthetic phonics, in a systematic way, is helping us to drive up the standards in reading and writing. It is enabling us to get the children ready and confident to do the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check which emphasises the importance of phonics in ensuring every child becomes a successful reader.

Please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher if you would like further information on either ‘Read, Write, Inc’ or our reading scheme books.



At our school we really want to encourage a love of reading in all children.  There are such a large variety of things children can enjoy reading these days including books, magazines, comics and newspapers.  Encouraging children to practise reading daily is really important in developing their fluency and pace. 

From Year 1 up to Year 6 the children take part in a variety of reading activities including guided reading, individual reading and sharing class novels.  The children are heard read on an individual basis as often as possible, at least weekly.  Children may be heard read individually in Read Write Inc sessions, during guided groups or in whole class groups.


Guided Reading

Reading is not just about decoding words on a page to read aloud but also understanding what they are reading.  Children need to learn how to retrieve information, deduce and infer things about a text they are reading.  Children need to learn to use intonation in their voice, read the punctuation and understand its use and also make decisions about books/texts using what they know about it.  In guided reading sessions we teach the children how to ask questions about a book, think about the author’s views and encourage the children to be able to create their own views based on information from the text.  These group sessions give teachers the opportunity to work closely with the children developing these core reading skills.