Cookham Rise Primary School

Literacy and RWI


We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the Read Write Inc. programmes with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make literacy pleasurable and rewarding for our children.




This badge recognises that we:


  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children

  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher!

  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer

  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.


Well done to the whole staff team on this achievement with a particular thank you to Mrs Rogers, our Reading Leader.




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Read Write Inc. website

Read Write Inc. Phonics, Literacy & Language, Fresh Start and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.


The four Read Write Inc, programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Our school uses: 

Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 who need to catch up 


Read Write Inc. If needed - Fresh Start for our children in Years 4 - 6 with a reading age of nine and below 


Read Write Inc Literacy and Language for our fluent readers in Years 2 to 6


Read Write Inc Spelling for our children in Years 2 to 6 

Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.

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Read Write Inc. Literacy & Language meets the demands of the new national curriculum in a fun and meaningful way. It is a complete literacy programme addressing the grammar and punctuation aspects of the new statutory assessments and raising attainment for all children. Drama and discussion are an integral part of the programme: Literacy & Language children love writing because they have a lot to say.

For information on how to support your child in the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling tests go to:


Read Write Inc. Fresh Start raises attainment rapidly in reading and writing. The programme boosts children’s confidence by matching what they read with the sounds they know using specially created age-appropriate texts and anthologies. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start provides clear and cumulative writing activities to build vocabulary and punctuation.

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Read Write Inc. Spelling embeds impressive skills in just 15 minutes a day, quickly and effectively filling the gaps in children’s knowledge. To keep children engaged, aliens introduce spelling rules on an exciting online spelling planet and children complete quick-fire activities in their spelling logs. Progress is accurately recorded using practice tests and teachers learn how to move children on quickly.

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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through Read Write Inc Phonics

National Curriculum Coverage of English through Read Write Inc Year 1

National Curriculum Coverage through Literacy and Language / RWI Spelling

The Literacy and Language scheme is the backbone to our English teaching, however teachers can choose to deliver English teaching which maybe more closely linked to topic.  When this occurs, the teachers will endeavour to cover the objectives as detailed in the planning document.

Book Buzz day from the Library Outreach team. 7th June 2017

How do we teach Literacy at Cookham Rise?


Immersion activities

We believe that immersing children in a range of creative activities before reading and writing means that they are fully prepared, and excited, about the journey ahead of them. Through immersing a child within our themes, trips to relevant places and having visitors into school we aim to get the best from children in both their reading and writing.


Clear purpose

We aim to provide children with a clear purpose to all reading, and especially writing tasks. Whether it's an invitation to the headteacher to attend a class assembly, an email to an author or an article for a school newsletter, our children know why the quality of their writing matters: because there will be a real audience for their published work.


Meaningful planning

Where possible, learning in English is linked with our creative curriculum theme. Well in advance of starting a new theme teachers collaborate and share their ideas for planning through a mind mapping process. Meaningful, creative activities are planned for, ensuring that all staff members know exactly what the children will be learning and why. RWI Language and Literacy is also used as a basis for our work.


Focused on strategies

We ensure that specific reading strategies are modelled explicitly to the class; this provides children with a holistic bank of skills to draw upon. This could include scanning a text, making an inference, predicting or creating a mental image. Our teachers use 'think aloud' statements to model to the children how these skills are used, and how they can help them become better readers. These strategies are then shared as a class, and then assessed in follow up guided reading activities.


Inspirational learning environment

Not only do we aim to display the children's work creatively, but there is a range of learning prompts to inspire and support all pupils. We want to encourage our children to discover new texts, genres and authors, and all of our children are members of Cookham library next door to school.


Drama to engage and inspire

The use of drama is such a powerful tool and staff use a range of techniques to promote the exploration of characters, situations and historical events. This process expands the pupils' imaginations, and provides them with the ideas they need to give their writing that extra spark and flair.


Rigorous teaching of spelling and phonics

In the infants, RWI phonics is streamed, so all children can benefit from tailored teaching, making maximum progress as a result. All phonics and spelling activities are fun and multi-sensory the aim being to meet all learning styles in the class. In the juniors, we try to make homework spelling lists as personalised to the child as possible to ensure that the spelling patterns stick in a meaningful way.


Grammar concepts taught creatively

Children begin to understand grammar concepts, and start to apply them in their own writing, when they start to read with a writer's mind. Punctuation rules and techniques are drawn from shared texts; texts which the children have already been immersed in and have a good understanding of. Exploring these, and embedding them creatively is how the learning takes place.


Peer and self assessment

With a clear marking key, success criteria and purpose in mind, children set about assessing either their own, or a partner's piece of writing. Modelled through the teacher's own formative marking, pupils know what the expectations are. They search for successful examples of the learning intention, articulating their responses to the work, checking the writing matches any targets and giving constructive feedback. Seeing the children learn in this way is hugely positive.

Celebrating World Book Day - March 2014