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Phonics and Reading:


You will find lots of useful information on Ruth Miskin website:


Phonics – example phonics session at home (30 mins max):


You will need:

RWI sounds (pack that went home or find attached, or power point attached)

paper (can use book that went home)



Begin by practising the sounds with your child.  There are lots of them and we usually only practise set 2 and set 3 sounds daily.  Your child should be able to read these at speed. 

Then choose one of the sounds (I would concentrate on one that they struggled to remember), for example ‘aw’.  Ask your child to write the ‘aw’ sound at the top of their paper.  You are then going to give them a word at a time to write containing this sound.  Before they write the word they have to count the sounds in it.  At school they are used to this method:

Teacher: “fingers set” 

Children: “you bet” (children hold up their fingers hidden behind their other hand)

Teacher: “The word we are going to write is dawn, count the sounds in dawn” (children count the sounds in the word by mouthing d-aw-n and have 3 fingers ready to show).

Teacher: “fingers” (children hold up the number of sounds they think are in the word dawn)

We then pinch the sounds and say them as we do – “d-aw-n” - then the children write that one word, underlining the special friend ‘aw’.  When they have finished the teacher writes the word on the board and the children ‘tick or fix’ their word. 

We then repeat this process for 3 or 4 more words (no more than 5). 

After we have written single words we then move on to ‘Hold a sentence’ e.g.

‘I will yawn at dawn.’  

We will all say the sentence over and over until we can remember it – we have actions to remember capital letters and full stops.  Once the children can confidently remember the sentence I will model writing it first on the board, pointing out and underlining the special friends.  They then have 10 seconds to look at mine before it is hidden from them.  They then write the sentence independently.  When they have written the sentence, we then look at my sentence again and they ‘tick and fix’ their sentence.

If you are stuck for words and sentences – I have complied a word document with words and sentences for each sound. You will find it below.  You could consolidate this learning with an alphablocks video for the sound you have practised – just search that sound on YouTube:


yesRWI will be doing RWI phonics lessons daily (Mon-Fri) at home starting Monday 23rd March they are will only be available for 24 hours via Facebook or YouTube so if you want to watch see the following information and link:

Don't forget our RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am 
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am 
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am 

Note: films are streamed live and will only be available for 24 hours.


There are lots of games on phonics play that our children love to play and currently they are free to use:


Example words and sentences for phonics session

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