Please find relevant information and links to help you understand the importance of phonics and how it is taught at Cottesbrooke Infant and Nursery School.

Read Write Inc Phonics

At Cottesbrooke Infant and Nursery School we use the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. phonics programme. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a whole-school approach to teaching literacy for children aged 4 to 9 that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


To help you understand better, we suggest you watch this short film:

What is Read Write Inc Phonics?


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.


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

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 to see if your child can read these sounds.

What is Fred Talk?

Fred is a frog who helps your child 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. 

To find out more information about Read Write inc. phonics visit: Oxford Owl - Read Write Inc. Phonics Information for parents

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Information

This year all children in Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening Check. Please see the PowerPoint below for more details on this.

Please find video links from the PowerPoint here:

Sound Pronunciation Video

What is the Phonics Screening Check? video


Please find website links from the PowerPoint here:

Phonics Play

ICT Games

Oxford Owl - Phonics Screening Check Information

Read write Inc Phonics Information


If you have any questions about phonics please speak to your child's teacher.