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Featherstone Primary School

Featherstone Primary School

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




useful Website links 

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 booklet

Amazon: RWI parent pack 1 - This is a useful pack that includes sound flashcards, a letter formation booklet and a poster frieze to display at home.

Amazon: RWI parent pack 2 - This pack promotes further practise of blending skills and includes sound flashcards, reading books, a letter formation booklet and a poster frieze to display at home.

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