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Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Welcome to the Read Write Inc. page on Oxford Owl for Home. Here you can find lots of free resources to support your child’s learning during the school closures.

Free eBooks | Videos | Set 1 resources | Set 2 resources | Set 3 resourcesKits for parents

Read Write Inc. Phonics

We have lots of free Read Write Inc. Phonics resources to help your child continue learning, including eBooks, practice sheets, Ditty sheets, slideshows, and parent films.

Teachers who teach Read Write Inc. Phonics are trained to teach the programme, but don’t worry if you are not a phonics expert! These activities will help you support your child during this period of school closures. We suggest you start by watching this film for parents: What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

Try to start at the right place for your child. If your child is learning to read at school with Read Write Inc. Phonics, they 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

Check if your child can read these sounds. Make sure they say sounds like ‘mmm’, not letter names like ‘em’. Watch the Sound Pronunciation Guide video to help you.

If your child is learning Set 1 Speed Sounds, help them to:

Learning to blend with Set 1 Speed Sounds

Your child is learning to read words containing Set 1 Speed Sounds by sound blending. For example:

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.

If your child is learning to sound blend, help them to:

  • Join in Set 1 Speed Sounds live lessons by Ruth Miskin Training, Monday to Friday, at 9.30am (BST). You can sign up to either via this Facebook page or  YouTube channel. The films are each available for 24 hours after the live lesson.
  • Read the Sound Blending eBooks in order.
  • Read the Ditty sheets in order. These have notes for parents.
  • When your child can sound blend confidently, they can also practise reading the words on the Speedy Green Word slideshow for Red Ditty level.
  • You could watch the Sound Blending video to help you support your child with sound blending.

    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

    Check if your child can read these sounds.

    If your child is learning the Set 2 Speed Sounds, help them to:

    • Join in the Set 2 Speed Sounds live lessons by Ruth Miskin Training each day, Monday to Friday, at 10am (BST). You can sign up to either via this Facebook page or YouTube channel. The films are each available for 24 hours after the live lesson.
    • Practise the sounds they have been taught from the My Sets 2 and 3 Speed Sounds eBook.  (The book has notes for parents.)
    • Complete the Speed Sounds practice sheets for the Speed Sounds they have learnt.
    • Read the eBooks at Red Ditty level, then Green level and then Purple level, in order. We recommend children read each eBook three times, as they would at school: once to read the words correctly, a second time with more fluency, and a third time in a ‘storyteller voice’ that shows their understanding.
    • Practise reading the Speed Sounds speedily with the Set 2 Speed Sounds slideshow.
    • When your child is confident and has finished reading the eBooks for a level, they can practise reading the words on the Speedy Green Word slideshow for that level.

    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)

    Check if your child can read these sounds.

    If your child is learning Set 3 Speed Sounds, help them to:

    • Join in the Set 3 Speed Sounds live lessons by Ruth Miskin Training, Monday to Friday, at 10.30am (BST). You can sign up to either via this Facebook page or YouTube channel.
    • Practise the sounds they have been taught from the My Sets 2 and 3 Speed Sounds eBook. (The book has notes for parents.)
    • Complete the Speed Sounds practice sheets for the Speed Sounds they have learnt.
    • Read the eBooks at Pink level, then Orange level and then Yellow level, in order. We recommend children read each eBook three times, as they would at school: once to read the words correctly, a second time with more fluency, and a third time in a ‘storyteller voice’ that shows their understanding.
    • Practise reading the Speed Sounds speedily on the Set 3 Speed Sounds slideshow.
    • When your child is confident and has finished reading the eBooks for a level, they can practise reading the words on the Speedy Green Word slideshow for that level.

    Reading books with Set 1, 2, and 3 Speed Sounds

    If your child has learnt all three sets of Speed Sounds, they need to practise them and read books with words made up of those sounds. They could:

    • Join in the Set 3 Speed Sounds live lessons by Ruth Miskin Training, Monday to Friday at 10.30am (BST). You can sign up to either via this Facebook page or YouTube channel.
    • Practise the sounds they have been taught from the My Sets 2 and 3 Speed Sounds eBook. (The book has notes for parents.)
    • Complete the Speed Sounds practice sheets for the Set 3 Speed Sounds.
    • Read the eBooks at the Blue level and then the Grey level, in order. We recommend children read each eBook three times, as they would at school: once to read the words correctly, a second time with more fluency, and a third time in a ‘storyteller voice’ that shows their understanding.
    • When your child is confident and has finished reading the eBooks for a level, they can practise reading the words on the Speedy Green Word slideshow for that level.

    You will find a useful phonics audio guide to all these sounds in our Sound Pronunciation Guide video. 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.

    What is Fred Talk?

    If your child’s school is using Read Write Inc. Phonics, 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.

    Fresh Start and Read Write Inc. Phonics

    Is your child learning to read using Read Write Inc. Fresh Start? Find out how Read Write Inc. Phonics books can help by downloading our Fresh Start and Phonics matching chart.

    Fresh Start matching chart

    Free eBook library

    Free eBooks

    Read our free Read Write Inc. Phonics eBooks with your child. Each book includes fun, decodable stories as well as guidance and notes for parents. Please note you will need to login or register to use our eBook library.

    Browse Read Write Inc. eBooks

    Free eBook library

    Where can I buy Read Write Inc. books? Our books are available to buy on Amazon.co.uk. Many of our Read Write Inc. books are also available on Waterstones, WHSmith, Book Depository, and hive.co.uk.

    Videos

    Watch our parent tutorials to learn all about how to support your child as they learn with Read Write Inc. Phonics, with detailed ideas and advice on pronouncing pure sounds, blending, and digraphs.

    Understanding phonics

    Understanding phonics

    Find out how to teach children sounds that are made up of two letters.

    Independent blending

    Independent blending

    Find out more about independent blending in this parent tutorial.

    Pronunciation guide

    Sound Pronunciation Guide

    Learn how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3.

    Two letters, one sound

    Teaching 'two letters, one sound'

    Find out how to teach children sounds that are made up of two letters.

    Teaching a Set 1 Sound

    Teaching a Set 1 Sound

    Learn how to teach your child a Set 1 Sound, step by step.

    Teaching blending

    Teaching sound blending

    Learn Ruth Miskin’s way of teaching children to blend sounds into words.

    Video: How to use the resources

    Educational consultant Jean Spurgeon discusses how to use the free Read Write Inc. Phonics resources available on Oxford Owl for Home.

    Activities for learning at home

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