Read Write Inc Phonics

At Whittingham we follow the accredited 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics programme.
 
This programme supports the National Curriculum as it offers a systematic programme to teach children to read and write and we find it very effective. 
 
Please watch the video below as an introduction to Read Write Inc phonics and how this helps children to learn to read and write words.
 
 
 
 
 
It is very important that your child learns to pronounce the sounds using 'pure' sounds (this may be very different to how you learnt to say them when you were younger). Please watch the video below that teaches you how to correctly pronounce all of the 'Set 1' sounds followed by the 'Set 2' and 'Set3' sounds.
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Below is a video explanation of how your child learns the initial Set1 sounds in Reception.
 
Set 1 sounds include - 
 

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 video at the top of this website page to help you pronounce them accurately. 

You can help your child practise the Speed Sounds they have learnt with the free Speed Sounds practice sheets available on the oxford owl website or you can use the set 1 sound cards which you may have yourself or from school. 

Once your child is learning to read set 1 sounds, they will be learning to read words containing Set 1 sounds by 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

 

If your child is learning to sound blend, watch the sound blending video below for tips on how to support them.

 

Your child will be reading 'sound blending' books and green word cards at this stage. You can access some free sound blending books on the oxford owl website if your child is learning from home.

 

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As your child progresses through Reception and Year One they will also learn 'Set2' and 'Set3' sounds and alternative spellings.
 

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, available on the ocford owl website, 
  • If your child is learning from home you can help them by reading the free eBooks at Red Ditty level, then Green level and then Purple level, in order. We recommend children read each eBook three times, as they would at school: once to read the words correctly, a second time with more fluency, and a third time in a ‘storyteller voice’ that shows their understanding. If your child is in school, they will bring these books home as their usual reading books.
 

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.
  • If they are learning from home they can read the free eBooks at Pink level, then Orange level and then Yellow level, in order. We recommend children read each eBook three times, as they would at school: once to read the words correctly, a second time with more fluency, and a third time in a ‘storyteller voice’ that shows their understanding. If they are in school, these books will be their reading books that they bring home.
 
 
Below is a video explanation of how the children learn sounds which are made up of two letters (set2/3 sounds). You will notice that there are some graphemes that appear more than once (ow/ow) that are pronounced differently and some sounds that can be represented with different graphemes (ee/ea).
 
As the children move through set 2 and 3 they begin to learn that there are different spelling patterns in the English language.
 
 
At the end of Year One your child will complete a statutory phonics screening assessment provided by the Department for Education. For more information on this, watch the video below.
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You can access further supportive videos and explanations on the following websites - 
 
www.ruthmiskin.com
www.oxfordowl.co.uk - You need to create a parent log in for this to access videos, support, activities and ebooks/resources.