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Phonics, reading and writing

RWI Speed Sound Lessons

RWI are showing speed sound lessons each day

Set 1: Set 2:
9.30am Speed sound lesson 10.00am Speed sound lesson and word time
9.45am Word time 10.15am Spelling
10.00am Spelling  

We would suggest that all children could do the Set 1 sound sessions as this focuses on the letters of the alphabet. The Set 2 sound session introduces the first set of ‘special friends’/digraphs and once your child is secure in their Set 1 sounds, they can move onto Set 2.

If you are watching the speed sound lessons, then you could follow this up with some activities based on the sounds that was introduced. You could practise writing the sound, thinking of things/words that have that sound in it and making a list. You may wish to write a silly sentence using the words you have thought of.

Also keep reading and writing the tricky words focusing on the Phase 2-4 words.


Oxford Owl have lots of books that your child can read online. Some of these books are the reading scheme books your child has been receiving from school. Please follow the link below.
You can select the level to match the books to your child (the level will be on the books sent home). We want to encourage you to read a wide range of books, not just the reading scheme books. Adults reading to children is just as important as the child reading as this helps extends their vocabulary.
When reading these reading scheme books, please can we encourage you to share the book more than once to help children in developing their word recognition and understanding of the story.
You could play games with the books such as taking the words from a page and writing these on word cards for the children to muddle up and rearrange to make the sentence. 
You could hunt for particular words (tricky words would be great) and see how many are in each book.

'Staying home' by Sally Nicholls and Viviane Schwarz

The Book Trust website has a free book called 'Staying Home' by Sally Nicholls and Viviane Schwarz which is aimed at younger children during lockdown. It is really good and we thought you may wish to read it to your children.


Here are some useful documents/activities that you could do with your child at home to support their reading and writing

RWI alphabet


Here are some useful activities/booklets to support your child with reading and writing.


Here are some useful websites to support phonics, reading and writing at home