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Set 1 Sounds

First, your child will learn to read: 

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter:                                                     

  • Set 1 sounds written with two letters (‘special friends’). 

  • Simple words containing these sounds, by sound-blending. 

  • Read words in carefully levelled Red, Green and Purple Storybooks. 

Set 1 Sounds 

Each sound is linked to a picture hook and short rhyme to help the children learn and remember them. 

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Learning to Blend Simple Words 

Your child will learn to read words containing Set 1 Speed Sounds by blending sounds together to create words.  We call this ‘Fred Talk’. 

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 

The video below explains the process of teaching blending and Fred Talk. 

Assisted Word Blending