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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. 


RWI Speedy Reading

As part of our RWI assessments each half term the children are expected to read some words at speed. This means children should not be using Fred in Their Head, they should be able to read them straight off at speed. To help you support your children at home to learn these words I have attached PowerPoints containing the words. Please feel free to use them to support your child.


Purple Speedy Reading Words


Pink Speedy Reading Words


Orange Speedy Reading Words


Yellow Speedy Reading Words


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

Reception Reading Meeting

Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend the Reading Meeting. If you were unable to attend I have attached the slides used below for your reference.

Reception Reading Meeting


Sets 1 - 3 Speed Sound Flash Cards


Year 1 Parents Phonics Screening Check Meeting

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