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Set 1 sounds and support

Speed sounds and Read Write Inc. Stages

At Hallam Primary school your child is learning to read using the 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 in parent support.



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

  • Practise the sounds they have been taught
  • Complete the Speed Sounds practice sheets for the Speed Sounds they have learnt.
  • Practise reading the Speed Sounds speedily


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

Speed sounds set 1 chart