I started using the ditties and reading books last year and followed the instructions given in the handbook. I didn't try to mix it or incorporate the sessions with the other, more creative writing that takes place in the classroom. I saw RWI as serving a different purpose, as Debbie Hep said, I saw it as a controlled, structured session that enabled all children to be taught the sounds and letter formation skills etc. I did not do additional reading books - I felt that sufficient time was spent during the session on reading. To be honest, having previously heard the children read on a one-to-one basis four times a week, I expected reading levels to drop and was reluctant to take on the RWI programme but the levels have not dropped at all.