Hi everyone I have taught both Letters and Sounds and Read Write Inc. We have been teaching Read Write Inc for the last few years and I have really loved it. I have always introduced a new sound each day with regular consolidation periods and taught all sounds right the way up to set 3 as a whole class. This has always seemed to work well in my school. However, this year I really noticed that a big chunk of children just couldn't seem to keep up. My high ability children soaked them all up so I continued teaching them so that the children all had access to them but then focussed on set 1 and 2 sounds with the less able once split into phonics groups and during continuous provision. So I will have them all on the carpet to teach a new sound then they split off into ability groups and the lowest group concentrates on blending and segmenting CVC and CVCC/CCVC words while the middle group concentrates on sentence level work using set 2 sounds and the higher ability group uses all the set 3 sounds no problem. But I recently found out that my friend's little girl who is in reception at another school only got taught up to set 2 and she is definitely a high achieving girl who is exceeding with her reading and writing. It's got me thinking....do I teach too much? Should I focus on set 2 and only introduce set 3 incidentally with the higher ability children who are ready? I think it has confused some of my less able who are more reluctant to "have-a-go" now that they know there are other ways to represent certain sounds. What does everyone else do? Should I introduce a set 1 sound each day but then only introduce set 2 sounds once a week? I've always felt really confident with my phonics teaching and all children make good progress, just suddenly not sure anymore. Any comments would be much appreciated!