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Featherstone Primary School

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Once children reach the end of Set 1, they know enough sounds to read simple sentences. 

Each day following their phonics session, children are then taught their Read Write Inc reading and writing session. 

Children progress through a range of colour levels. Each level is carefully matched to your child's current phonic ability. This means children are able to read and access texts by themselves and quickly grow in speed and confidence. The progression through book levels is shown below.

As part of the reading and writing sessions of Read Write Inc children will take part in a range of the below activities. 

Green words and Red Words

 Green Words

Green words are important words that the children will encounter in the story that they can phonetically decode. They are split into Speedy Green (Words that children will encounter often) and Story Green (Words that are specific to the story).

Firstly, children practise reading these words together with their teacher. They discuss the meanings of these words where needed so that children understand this new vocabulary before they begin reading.

Children then practise reading their green words in partners.

Red Words

These are words that children cannot use their sounds to read and need to be recognised by sight. Children practise and discuss these words with their teacher before practising in pairs.


Reading the text

The children read the text at least 3 times at school before each book is sent home. They may be involved in any of the following reading activities.

First Read

This is where children use their knowledge of Green and Red words alongside their phonic knowledge to fully decode the text themselves. This is done as partner work where the children share the reading task.

Teacher Read

This is where the teacher reads the book to the children modelling fluency, use and tone of voice and using punctuation to help guide reading. 

Second Read

Following the Teacher Read, the children are given the chance to read the story again, aiming to mimic the reading tricks that the teacher had just used.

Jump in 

The teacher reads the story and the children read along silently at the same time. The teacher pauses to miss out words and the children shout out the missing word.


Writing activities

Hold a sentence

This is a dictation activity. The teacher will read a sentence and practise saying this whole sentence with the children. Next, the teacher will model how to write this sentence using the correct punctuation. This will then be hidden. The children then write this sentence from memory. Finally, the children check their sentences against the teacher model.


Build a sentence

The children work as a group, with their teacher, to create their own sentences about what they have been reading. The aim is for children to use sentence scaffolds and add their own ideas. This is to scaffold the writing process for the children whilst developing independence.

Write about

Children use the ideas from build a sentence to create their own piece of writing linked to the theme of their reading text.