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RWI Speed Sounds

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At the heart of Read Write Inc. Phonics is the systematic teaching of all the common sounds in the English language (RWI calls these the Speed Sounds). Children are taught to recognise the sounds and to put them together (‘sound blend’ them) into words for reading.

Children are taught one way of representing the 44 main sounds of English first, and then go on to learn the alternative spellings later on.

When teaching the letter sounds, it is important to remember to keep them very ‘pure’ and distinct, to help with sound-blending later on. To enable your child to gain confidence in reading, they should only be asked to read words containing letter sounds they know securely.

Read Write Inc. introduces the simple Speed Sounds (one sound, one grapheme) with Speed Sounds Set 1 and Set 2. They then learn more ways of writing the same sounds with the complex Speed Sounds Set 3. Children are taught letter names before moving on to Speed Sounds Set 3.

Once children know the first set of Speed Sounds, they are ready to read the first Storybooks.

Speed Sounds Set 1

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

(You may wish to purchase your own flashcard set to support learning at home. For this part of the programme you will need: RWI Home Phonics Flashcards Set 1 - Green Box)

 

Speed Sounds Set 2

ay – ee – igh – ow – oo – oo – ar – or – air – ir – ou – oy

(You may wish to purchase  your own flashcard set to support learning at home. For this part of the programme you will need:RWI More Home Phonics Flashcards Set 2 - Yellow Box)

 

Speed Sounds Set 3

a-e – ea – i-e – o-e – u-e – aw – are – ur – er – ow – ai – oa – ew – ire – ear – ure – tious – tion

(You may wish to purchase  your own flashcard set to support learning at home. For this part of the programme you will need:RWI More Home Phonics Flashcards Set 2 - Yellow Box)

 

The record sheet attached can enable you to keep track of your child’s progress as they are introduced to the sounds in the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.

Mark with a tick when your child is shown the letter (or group of letters e.g. ‘sh’ or ‘igh’) and mark with another tick when they can accurately give the correct letter sound when shown the letter(s).

 

See the parent page on the Ruth Miskin Training website.

Also see the Read Write Inc website for more information.