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Set 1 Speed Sounds

Before you get going, watch the pronunciation video to practise saying the sounds clearly. The more clearly you say the sounds, the more quickly your child will learn them.



Important: We say ‘mmmm’ not ‘muh’ and ‘lllll’ not ‘luh’ when teaching the sounds. This really helps children when they learn to blend sounds together to read words.


At school children learn their sounds through double sided speed sounds cards.

each sound is drawn in the shape of a picture. For example:

  • ‘s’ is in the shape of a snake
  • ‘d’ is in the shape of a dinosaur
  • ‘a’ is in the shape of an apple

The other side is a clear bold letter. 

When shown the picture side, your child will say a-a-a apple. when shown just the letter, your child says 'a'


Order of speed sounds

Your child will learn the following sequence of letters. Please check the homework page to find out which set we are learning. Practise saying the sounds we have learnt so far and use them to make words. Children need to be confident in using and remembering the sounds before moving on to new ones. So don't be tempted to rush ahead. 


  • Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter:
    m a  s  d  t  i  n  p  g  o  c  k  u  b  f  e  l  h  r  j  v
      y  w  z  x
  • Sounds written with two letters  (your child will call these ‘special friends’):
  • sh  th ch  qu  ng  nk ck
  • Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending,

e.g. 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


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