Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centered around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it here at St Michael’s to aid children in their phonics.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using Read Write, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using Read Write to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk.
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using Read Write to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  •  learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.
  • write simple sentences.
  • compose stories based on picture strips.
  •  compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

For more advice on phonics, visit the parent's website at


All the resources available on the above website can also be purchased from Amazon.

You will find:

  • Top tips to help your child with their reading, from Ruth Miskin
  • Phonic pronunciation help
  • Fun activities to help embed their early learning


Read write Inc.

In order for you to help your child at home, below are listed the “red words that correspond to the colour text of the RWI series. Feel free to help your child learn the words of the colour books that they are on. Try and resist the temptation to forge ahead and learn too many as they also need to be able to recognise the words in context. Also the children need to be able to recall the red words rather than sound them out. This is because they tend to be non-phonetic spellings.

If you have any queries at all, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Ditties Red Words

I of my to
the no me


Green Books Red Words

the your said
you my


I he are
of no


Purple Books Red Words

the of to
I my


me go he
baby said


are you paint
your he


Pink Books Red Words

all my the
like I’ve want


you call we
be no her


are of me
said he she


to washing some
be there so


Orange Books Red Words

what they do
said you to


the me be
want my go
he no old
are we so


was be of
all she her


Yellow Books Red Words

one saw her
to go the


all was some
she be he


they watch watches
me said my


want you school
are of small


do by wall
there what no


so your who
tall call brother


I’m I’ve their
any fall were


Blue Books Red Words

any other two
one all her


there said could
they would want


their watch some
anyone over who


does school through
once here son


you’re her why
brother were humans


whole what was
small tall


Grey Books Red Words

should were there
call want come


one through many
could are other


was two who
you said your


what school mother
to they father


watch anyone whole
water great brother


above where here
someone another walk


what small any
here son would