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Primary School Desks


At Aboyne Lodge, children get off to the best possible start with their reading through our chosen SSP (Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme), Read Write Inc (RWI).   


Reading opens the door to learning. Using RWI, 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 with ease so that they can independently compose what they write. 



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. 


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. 


When using RWI 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 RWI 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. 


Technical Vocabulary

 Children are taught to understand and use the technical vocabulary such as:


Digraph – two letters, one sound.  Eg: ay as in play, oo as in zoom, ee as in sleep.

Trigraph – three letters, one sound.  Eg: igh as in flight, air as in chair, are as in care.

Split vowel digraph – two letters that are both vowel but are split up by another sound.  Eg: i_e as in like, a_e as in make, o_e as in home, u_e as in huge.

Vowel – a, e, i, o, u

Plural – adding an s onto the end of a word to imply more than one.

Root word – the main part of a word that can be altered by adding an ending or a beginning.  Eg: playing, swimming, played.

Suffix – an ending to a root word.  Eg: played, playing.

Prefix – a beginning to a root word.  Eg: impossible, overcooked, unable.

We have a range of resources to help you at home:

You can find a link to some games here

There are also some helpful video guides about how to say the sounds correctly and some top tips from Ruth Miskin, the programme creator.

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