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Phonics Intent

We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident readers and writers by learning key phonetic knowledge and applying these to the segmenting and blending of words. Through small incremental steps we build phonetic knowledge systematically using validated synthetic phonics programmes . All children in Reception and Year 1 have daily, dedicated phonics lessons which are delivered through a consistent, effective teaching structure. It is our aim to continue phonics support for those after Year 1 who still require this specific teaching. All resources used to support the phonics learning journey is decodable and closely matched to the children’s needs, differentiated where required.

Understanding Phonics

Read Write Inc. (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The main programme is designed for children aged 4-7.

 

Speed Sounds and Read Write Inc. Stages


If your child is learning to read at school with Read Write Inc. Phonics, they will be at one of the following stages:

 

Learning Set 1 Speed Sounds
These are the Set 1 Speed Sounds written with one letter:

m  a  s  d  t  i  n  p  g  o  c  k  u  b  f  e  l  h  r  j  v  y  w  z  x
 

These are the sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’):

sh  th  ch  qu  ng  nk  ck

 

Check if your child can read these sounds. Make sure they say sounds like ‘mmm’, not letter names like ‘em’. Watch the Sound Pronunciation Guide video to help you.

 

You can help your child practise the Speed Sounds they have learnt with the Speed Sounds practice sheets further down this page.

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Learning to blend with Set 1 Speed Sounds

Your child is learning to read words containing Set 1 Speed Sounds by sound blending. For example:

m-a-t mat

c-a-t cat

g-o-t got

f-i-sh fish
s-p-o-t spot

b-e-s-t best

s-p-l-a-sh splash

Learning Set 2 Speed Sounds
These are the Set 2 Speed Sounds:

ay  ee  igh  ow (as in blow)  oo (as in zoo)

oo (as in look) ar  or  air  ir  ou (as in out) oy

 

Check if your child can read these sounds.

 

If your child is learning the Set 2 Speed Sounds, you could help them to complete the Speed Sounds practice sheets for the Speed Sounds they have learnt.

Read Write Inc. Phonics: Ruth Miskin on how to teach blending to children

Learning Set 3 Speed Sounds
These are Set 3 Speed Sounds:

ea (as in tea)

oi (as in spoil)

a–e (as in cake)

i–e (as in smile)

o–e (as in home)

u–e (as in huge) 

aw (as in yawn)

are (as in care)

ur (as in nurse)

er  (as in letter)

ow (as in brown)

ai  (as in snail)

oa (as in goat)

ew (as in chew)

ire (as in fire)

ear (as in hear)

ure (as in pure)

 

 

Check if your child can read these sounds.

 

If your child is learning Set 3 Speed Sounds, you could help them to complete the Speed Sounds practice sheets for the Speed Sounds they have learnt.

Read Write Inc. Phonics: Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach complex sounds

What is Fred Talk?
Our teaching staff will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred once he or she is ready to start reading words.

 

Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs your child to help him read the word. Fred will say the sounds and children will work out the word. For example, Fred will say the sounds c–a–t, and children will say the word cat. This is Fred Talk: sounding out the word.

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