Tansley Primary School

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As a school we have implemented a phonics and reading programme called Read, Write, Inc.

Learning to read is the most important thing your child can learn. Everything else depends on it, so we want to put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. Once children can confidently read, we want to make sure they have a firm understanding about a text and get as much enjoyment out of reading as possible.


How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to identify the individual sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.


What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn't do?

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to blend the sounds together to make a whole word. Help your child to focus on the sounds rather than the letter names. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by searching on YouTube for ‘Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide’

Your child will learn letter sounds in a certain order which are set out below.


Speed Sounds Set 1

To begin with we learn a sound a day. We use pure sounds so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

Letter-sound pictures are used to help your child learn these sounds quickly.

e.g. mmaisie mmmountain is morphed into m, t-t-t-tower is morphed into t


Set 1 sounds are taught in the following order:

m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk


We call sounds with more than one letter ‘special friends’. This means that two letters are making one sound


Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3: The long vowels

Once your child knows all Set 1 sounds by sight and sound and uses them to blend to read words, we start teaching Set 2 initially and then Set 3 long vowel sounds. Your child will need to learn that most vowel sounds have more than one spelling.


There are 12 Set 2 speed sounds that are made up of special friends, for example ay as in play, ee as in tree. If you ask your child to find the special friends in a word, they will know they are looking for two letters that make one sound.


When your child learns their Set 2 sounds in school they will learn:

* the special friends that represent a speed sound e.g. ow

* a simple picture prompt linked to the speed sound and a short phrase to say e.g. blow the snow


Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so your child can segment and blend words containing the new speed sound they have just learnt, for example s-p-r-ay * spray.


Set 2 and 3 sounds are taught in the following order:









Set 2 

ay: may I play

ee: what can you see

igh: fly high

ow: blow the snow

oo: poo at the zoo

oo: look at a book

ar: start the car

or: shut the door

air: that’s not fair

ir: whirl and twirl

ou: shout it out

oy: toy for a boy


Set 3

ea: cup of tea

oi: spoil the boy

a-e: make a cake

i-e: nice smile

o-e: phone home

u-e: huge brute

aw: yawn at dawn

are: share and care

ur: purse for a nurse

er: a better letter

ow: brown cow

ai: snail in the rain

oa: goat in a boat

ew: chew the stew

ire: fire fire!

ear: hear with your ear

ure: sure it’s pure?

tion: pay attention it’s a celebration

tious / cious: scrumptious delicious



We want to promote a love of reading and you can help by sharing stories at home. Listening to your child read will help them to embed the sound they have learnt that day. The more practice your child gets, the more confidence they will gain with their reading. Reading is an essential skill and it applies to all areas of learning. Help get children interested in reading by talking about stories and tales and make reading fun!