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At Poplars we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. Read Write Inc provides a structured and systematic approach go to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of UK primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. 



  • Children will learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show they comprehend the stories by answering the 'find it' and 'prove it' discussion questions





  • ​Children will write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)
  • Learn to say and write simple and then more complex sentences
  • Compose stories based on picture scripts
  • Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts 


Tutorial videos for parents are available when clicking here


We believe that literacy is the key to life-long learning. Our aim is to send every one of our Poplars children to High School with a high standard of literacy skills and a love of reading and books.
Literacy is made up of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills; each having an equal importance.

Speaking and Listening
When children arrive in Nursery or Reception classes, the foundation of their literacy learning is through Speaking and Listening. Unless children can hear and speak sound clearly, learning to read and write can be very difficult. As our children move through Poplars, they are given lots of opportunities to speak for different audiences. Such audiences include: their class, assemblies, other adults and their friends through classwork, drama and debate. We want our children to leave Poplars able to speak confidently with a good standard of English in front of a range of people.

How can you help as parents?
-Talk to your children
-Learn nursery rhymes with them
-Ask them to learn poems when they are older
-Read out loud to your children and ask them to read to you
-Be good role models when you speak to your children: ask for and listen to their opinions and talk about issues that are happening at home and in the wider world 

-Hear your children read at least 3 times a week and read to them as often as you can. Let them see you reading too!
-Reading to your children  is one of the best ways to help your children write well. Children also need to hear ambitious vocabulary in the books you read to them and hear complex sentence structures modelled. Most children are natural storytellers and love to play pretend. Giving them toys or garden areas allows them to tell and play out stories in their heads. This is an essential basis for their writing.