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With Read, Write Inc we are using pure sounds, (‘m’ not’ muh’, ’s’ not ‘suh’, etc) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

These first sounds should all be stretched slightly. Try to avoid saying uh after each one:

eg /mm/ not muh, /ss/ not suh, /ff/ not fuh.

– mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard) – sssssnake (keep teeth together and hiss – unvoiced) – nnnnnnet (keep tongue behind teeth)

– ffffflower (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out sharply – unvoiced)

– llllleg (keep pointed curled tongue behind teeth).

– rrrrrrobot (say rrr as if you are growling)

– vvvvvvulture (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out gently)

– zzzzzzig zzzzzag (keep teeth together and make a buzzing sound)

th – thhhhank you ( stick out tongue and breathe out sharply)

s– shhhh (make a shhh noise as though you are telling somebody to be quiet!) ng – thinnnnngg on a strinnnngg (curl your tongue at the back of your throat) nk – I think I stink (make a piggy oink noise without the oi! nk nk nk)

These next sounds cannot be stretched. Make the sound as short as possible avoiding uh at the end of the sound:

– (tick tongue behind the teeth – unvoiced)

- (make distinctive p with lips – unvoiced)

– (make sharp click at back of throat)

- as above

– (say h as you breathe sharply out – unvoiced)

ch - (make a short sneezing sound)

– (say a sharp c and add s – unvoiced)

You will find it harder to avoid saying uh at the end of these sounds.

– (tap tongue behind the teeth).

– (make soft sound in throat).

–(make a short, strong b with lips).

– (push lips forward).

– (keep edges of tongue against teeth).

– (keep lips tightly pursed).

q– (keep lips pursed as you say cw – unvoiced).

The short vowels should be kept short and sharp:

a: a-a-a (open mouth wide as if to take a bite of an apple).

e: e-e-e (release mouth slightly from a position).

i: i-i-i (make a sharp sound at the back of the throat – smile).

o: o–o-o (push out lips, make the mouth into o shape).

u: u-u-u (make a sound in the throat).

The long vowel sounds are all stretchy sounds

ay: ay may I play

ee: ee what do you see?

igh: fly high

ow: blow the snow oo: poo at the zoo oo: look at a book ar: start the car or: shut the door air: that’s not fair ir: whirl and twirl ou: shout it out

oy: toy for a boy

All  our  teachers  and  teaching  assistants  have  been  trained  in  the  Read,  Write  Inc programme and they can show you how to pronounce these sounds.  We hope that you will not hesitate to ask for any help. We are here for your child!

The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets.

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order:

m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk

The children are then taught Set Sounds - the long vowels.

When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.

Long vowel sound Set 2 Sounds   Set 3 Sounds
ay ay: may I play a-e: make a cake ai: snail in the rain
ee ee: what can you see ea: cup of tea e: he me we she be
igh igh: fly high i-e: nice smile  
ow ow: blow the snow o-e: phone home oa: goat in a boat
oo oo: poo at the zoo u-e: huge brute ew: chew the stew
oo oo: look at a book    
ar ar: start the car    
or or: shut the door aw: yawn at dawn  
air air: that’s not fair are: share and care  
ir ir: whirl and twirl ur: nurse for a purse er: a better letter
ou ou: shout it out ow: brown cow  
oy oy: toy for a boy oi: spoil the boy  
ire   ire: fire fire!  
ear   ear: hear with your ear  
ure   ure: sure it’s pure?  
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