Phonics

How do we teach phonics at Thomas Buxton Primary?

At Thomas Buxton Primary School we use a scheme devised by Ruth Miskin called Read Write Inc. You can find videos to support you by clicking here.


Set 1 Speed Sounds

Your child will begin to learn these sounds in reception.


Set 2 Speed Sounds

Your child will begin to learn these sounds at the beginning of Year 1.


Set 3 Speed Sounds

Your child will learn these sounds in Year 1 and at the beginning of Year 2.


What is Fred Talk?

Fred is a little frog that can only speak in sounds, not whole words. He helps us learn to blend sounds together to form words. He says ‘m-a-t’ and we say ‘mat’.

When we teach a sound with Read Write Inc. Phonics, we either ‘bounce’ (e.g. c-c-c, b-b-b, p-p-p) or ‘stretch’ them (e.g. lll, mmm, nnn, fff) when we say them out loud.

This is Fred!

What are Fred Fingers?

We use ‘Fred Fingers’ to recognise how many sounds are in a word.  This helps us to break down the word into the sounds, so that we can spell it accurately

We pinch the sounds on our ‘Fred Fingers’ by touching each finger on one hand as we say each sound in a word. Follow the steps below to practice spelling words using Fred Fingers

  • Say the word and ask your child to repeat the word- e.g. mat.
  • Ask your child to show you how many sounds are in the word ____ using their Fred Fingers (you can tell them this if they are unsure).
  • Say the word again and pinch the sounds with your child e.g. mat, m-a-t.
  • Now ask your child to write the word as they say the sounds. Ask them to underline any diagraphs in the word (2 letters which make one sound such as oa). Write the word yourself and ask your child to check their spelling of each sound by ticking them.
Use your Fred Fingers!