At Ball Green Primary School, we introduce our children to phonics [letter sounds], through ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics’. This DfE approved programme was developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. It is taught in over 5000 schools in the United Kingdom, making it the country’s most popular way for children to learn to read using phonics.

In the programme children learn sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters. Then, they read books written using only the letters they have learnt (and a small number of separately taught ‘tricky words’). This gives the children plenty of early success and builds up their reading confidence.

The Read Write Inc. Phonics approach teaches children to read sets of sounds and then blend them to read words.

First your child will learn to read:

Set 1 Speed Sounds (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

and sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’) – sh, th, ch, qu, ng, nk, ck

Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. 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

At school, they will read Read Write Inc. Phonics Sound Blending Books and Red, Green and Purple Storybooks.

Whilst they are practising reading stories with words made up of Set 1 Speed Sounds, your child will also learn to read:

Set 2 Speed Sounds – ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy

Words containing these sounds

At school, they will read Read Write Inc. Phonics Pink, Orange and Yellow Storybooks.

Whilst they are practising reading stories with words made up of Set 1 and Set 2 Speed Sounds, your child will also learn to read:

Set 3 Speed Sounds – ea, oi, a–e, i–e, o–e, u–e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, er, ire, ear, ure

Words containing these sounds

At school, they will read Read Write Inc. Phonics Blue and Grey Storybooks.

You will find a useful phonics audio guide to all these sounds on our Phonics made easy page. 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.

Your child’s teachers will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred 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.

For more information please see:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading/read-write-inc-phonics-guide-for-parents/