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Read Write Inc. – A guide for parents


Welcome to the Read Write Inc. page on Oxford Owl for Home.

Read Write Inc. is a popular phonics scheme. Like all phonics schemes, it teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. Read Write Inc. Phonics includes reading books written using only the letters they have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught tricky words). The children will quickly feel confident and successful.

Here you can find lots of free resources to support your child’s learning.

Free eBooks | Videos | Set 1 resources | Set 2 resources | Set 3 resources | Kits and flashcards to use at homeRead Write Inc. Phonics

We have lots of free Read Write Inc. Phonics resources to help your child, including eBooks, practice sheets and parent films. We suggest you start by watching this film for parents: What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?


Speed sounds and Read Write Inc. Stages

If your child is learning to read at school with Read Write Inc. Phonics, they will be at one of the following stages:

Learning Set 1 Speed Sounds

Learning to blend with Set 1 Speed Sounds

Learning Set 2 Speed Sounds

Learning Set 3 Speed Sounds

Reading books with Set 1, 2, and 3 Speed Sounds

You will find a useful phonics audio guide to all these sounds in our Sound Pronunciation Guide video. It is really important to say the sounds clearly to help your child learn them. We say ‘mmmm’ not ‘muh’ and ‘lllll’ not ‘luh’ when teaching the sounds. This really helps children when they learn to blend sounds together to read words.

What is Fred Talk?

If your child’s school is using Read Write Inc. Phonics, teachers will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred once he or she is ready to start reading words.

Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs your child to help him read the word. Fred will say the sounds and children will work out the word. For example, Fred will say the sounds c–a–t, and children will say the word cat. This is Fred Talk: sounding out the word.


Watch our parent tutorials to learn all about how to support your child as they learn with Read Write Inc. Phonics, with detailed ideas and advice on pronouncing pure sounds, blending, and digraphs.

Why read to your child?

Find out why it’s important to read to your child.

10 things to think about

Tips to make the most of reading to your child.

Understanding phonics

Find out what phonics is and how it’s used.

What is Read Write Inc.?

Find out how Read Write Inc. Phonics helps your child.

How to say the sounds

Learn how to pronounce the Read Write Inc. sounds.

What is Sound-blending?

Ruth Miskin’s way of teach


Support your children even more at home by purchasing these read Write Inc Set 2 Speed Sounds practice sheets

Phonics screening check  for KS1 child


Dear Parents and carers, in Summer 2023 your year 1  child and some year 2 children will be required to take the phonics screening check that did not take place in the summer term.

There are lots of resources here that you can access to prepare your children for this national phonics screening check. This page will be regularly updated with new items to help your child achieve the best possible result for them.


What can you do to help at home?


     Use ‘Special Friends’, ‘Fred Talk’, read the word, to read words.

Practise reading sounds speedily - ‘review, review, review’.

Listen to your child read their Read Write Inc. Storybook every day.

Use the nonsense word cards which are listed below to help them  fred talk (blend the sounds). Your children will use this sequence;

                Special friends- fred talk -read the word.

They might then say “what a load of nonsense” which these alien words definitely are.


There are free video tutorials on this website to help you ro read at home with your child in the same way that they are taught at school during Read Write Inc lessons – https://www.ruthmiskin.com/parents/

This youtube clip below is an example of the types of words your children will be expected to blend during the Phonics Screening Check . 


I know a lot of the children will love reading at home  and will be looking for something more to read on their devices. If you click on the link below or type it into a search bar on your laptop or tablet you will be taken to Oxford Owl , of which Read Write Inc is part of the link is.........


This will send you to the ebook library page where all the children's familiar books are sat on the virtual shelf. 

The free eBook collection,has been developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your children learn to read, and love to read, with a range of over 100 free eBooks. If you'd like to learn more about how to support your child's reading, visit the Reading pages.(click this link)
Not sure where to start? Check which level is right for your child with this simple test from Read with Oxford.

All the eBooks are tablet-friendly. Just register or  by clicking on the blue links to start reading. Please note that if you are a new user, you will not be able to access the eBooks until you have clicked the 'confirm' button in your account activation email