Preston Park Primary

Phonics at home 

We are excited to announce that Read Write Inc. are currently scheduling Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.

Please click here to find out more. 
They will release three short Speed Sound lessons with a trainer every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.

They will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube. A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!
Parents can sign up to either their Facebook page  or our YouTube channel

 Set 1 sounds to do from home 



Set 2 sounds to do from home 

ay  ee  igh  ow  oo  ar  or  air  ir  ou  oy



Set 3 sounds to do from home 

a-e  ea  i-e  o-e  u-e  aw  are  ur  ow  oi  ai  e  oa  ew  er  ire  ear  ure


Set 3 Sounds

a-e  ea  i-e  o-e  u-e  aw  are  ur  ow  oi  ai  e  oa  ew  er  ire  ear  ure

The tables below provide you with associated phrases and examples of green words for each of the Set 2 and Set 3 sounds.





ay: may I play?

day, may, say, spray


ee: what can you see?

sleep, need, green, feel


igh: fly high

night, light, fright, might


ow: blow the snow

snow, show, blow, flow


oo: poo at the zoo

moon, spoon, pool, mood


ar: start the car

bar, park, car, spark


or: shut the door

sort, short, horse, sport


air: that’s not fair

fair, stair, hair, chair


ir: whirl and twirl

girl, whirl, twirl, dirt


ou: shout it out

round, found, loud, shout


oy: toy for a boy

boy, toy, enjoy

 Set 3 Sounds

a- e  ea  i-e  o-e  u-e  aw  are  ur  ow  oi  ai  e  oa  ew  er  ire  ear  ure





a-e: make a cake

name, same, save, brave


ea: cup of tea

neat, real, clean, dream


i-e: nice smile

hide, shine, white, wide


o-e: phone home

hope, home, rose, spoke


u-e: huge brute

tune, rude, use, June


aw: yawn at dawn

saw, raw, traw, crawl


are: care and share

bare, spare, square, flare


ur: nurse with a purse

burn, turn, burp, slurp


ow: brown cow

howl, down, brown, gown


oi: spoil the boy

join, coin, noise, voice


ai: snail in the rain

paint, train, rain, plain


e: he me she we

he, me, we, be


oa: goat in a boat

toad, road, oak, throat


ew: chew the stew

knew, flew, blew, crew


er: better letter

over, never, hamster, after


ire: fire fire

spire, bonfire, inspire, hire


ear: hear with your ear

fear, dear, gear, spear


ure: sure it’s pure

picture, mixture, adventure,

How will I know how to pronounce the phonic sounds?

Visit the Read Write Inc Parent's Page where there are a number of supportive videos to help you pronounce the pure phonic sounds.


Pure Sounds

When using the sounds with your child it is important not to add an “uh” to the end of the sound e.g. mmm not muh. This can be tricky to start with. Pure sounds make it much easier to start to blend sounds together to make words. It is much easier to hear the word mat when saying mmm – a – t than it is when saying muh – a – tuh. 


Bouncy and Stretchy Sounds

To help children remember their sounds we say that some make a stretchy sound and some make a bouncy sound. Stretchy sounds are said in one continuous sound, e.g. mmmmmmmmmm as in mountain. Bouncy sounds are said with a short sharp gap between, e.g. d-d-d– as in d-d-d dinosaur.

What else can I do to help my child to read?

Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, rhymes etc). 


Discuss the different features of various books. 


Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared.


Explain the meaning of new words. 


Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories and reading a range of texts, e.g. reading and then following a recipe together