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Sounds & Handwriting Rhymes

Your child is learning to read at school with Read Write Inc. Phonics. It is really important to say the sounds clearly to help your child learn them. We say ‘mmmm’ not ‘muh’ and ‘lllll’ not ‘luh’ when teaching the sounds. This really helps children when they learn to blend sounds together to read words.


There is a link to the Oxford Owl RWI page below which shows videos of how to pronounce the sounds correctly so you can support your child at home.


Your child 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


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)

tion: (as in celebration)

tious / cious: (as in scrumptious / delicious)

e: (as in he me we she be)

Simple Speed Sound Chart

Complex Speed Sound Chart