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Phonics Information


At St Gregory's we use the Read, Write Inc phonics programme to teach phonics. Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.


Learning Sounds through Read Write Inc.

Children from Reception to Year 2 learn sounds through Read Write Inc. Speed sounds sessions take place daily within the RWI session. Children will learn to read and write a new sound as well as reviewing known sounds in new words.

The sounds that children learn are split into three sets. These become progressively more complex as the children move through the programme.

Speed Sounds – Set 1

In Reception, children begin their learning of Phonics with Speed Sounds – Set 1.

See the sound mat below to learn more about these letter sounds.



Click on the link below to see a demonstration, which will support your child’s pronunciation of each sound.

Set 1 -

Reading digraphs -


Nonsense Words (Alien Words)

As well as learning to read and blend real words, children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense Words’ like those shown in the example below.



Red Words

Red words are words that cannot be sounded out as they do not follow the phonics language patterns. Their letters make uncommon sounds. The only way to learn these words is from memory. Red words are taught alongside new sounds, once some simple 3 sound words can be re

ad e.g. c-a-t.

See below for Red Words for Set 1 and Set 2.



Phonics Screening Check

Children undertake the National Phonics Screening Check in Year 1. Any child not reaching the required standard in this check will be given targeted support throughout Year 2 and will re-sit the Screening Check at the end of Year 2.

For more information on this check, please click the link below.