First, your child will learn to read:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter:                                                    
  • Set 1 sounds written with two letters (‘special friends’).
  • Simple words containing these sounds, by sound-blending.
  • Read words in carefully levelled Red, Green and Purple Storybooks.

Set 1 Sounds

Each sound is linked to a picture hook and short rhyme to help the children learn and remember them. 

Clear pronunciation of sounds is extremely important. This video will demonstrate how to say sounds clearly.

Learning to Blend Simple Words

Your child will learn to read words containing Set 1 Speed Sounds by blending sounds together to create words.  We call this ‘Fred Talk’.

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

The video below explains the process of teaching blending and Fred Talk.

Useful Websites

Parent guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics | Oxford Owl – Really useful website that includes a worksheet for each letter of Set 1 to practise letter formation.

Set 1 – Parent Reading at Home Booklet 1

Amazon – RWI Flashcards – A useful pack of flashcards to use when practising sounds and blending.