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St William of York Catholic Primary School




At St William of York Catholic Primary School we follow a synthetic Phonics Programme called Read Write (RWI) Ink to teach our children to learn to read. How we teach our children to read is explained and modelled by the Reception/Early years team in the Reading Information Evening for Parent's delivered in October2021.



When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'



Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set (shown further down the page).


Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.  There are videos at the bottom of this page that explain this further.


Reading Books Sent Home

Children will be bringing home a book appropriate to their level once a week.  We urge that you practise this book as often as you can with your child during the week to develop fluency.  This really helps to build your child’s confidence when reading in class


World Book Day 2022 


Paired reading 







Fantastic readers from Year 3 shared their pirate story with us. 


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