Read Write Inc. Phonics – learning to read at home


Films for children

To help children learning to read at home during school closure, we are streaming phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

From 1st June:

All lessons will be available at 9.30 am.

Set 1, 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will restart.
Set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will include new words for reading and spelling.

New daily films:

  • Read longer words: for children who can read Set 3 sounds and words confidently. 
  • Read Red Words 1: for children who are reading Red, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Reception.
  • Read Red Words 2: for children who are reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Y1.
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 1 (from 15th June): reading and writing practice for children reading Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing with Set 1 sounds confidently and learning Set 2 sounds.)
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 2 (from 15th June): reading and writing practice for children reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing words with Set 2 sounds confidently and learning Set 3 sounds.)

Guidance explaining Red Words and Hold a Sentence can be found below.

Speed Sounds Set 1 - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds
  • Set 1 Word Time
  • Set 1 Spelling

Speed Sounds Set 2 - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time
  • Set 2 Spelling

Speed Sounds Set 3 - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time
  • Set 3 Spelling

Don't worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, we will replay one a day from each set.

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons schedule

To see the full playlist, click the icon in the top-right hand corner of the film.

Storytime with Nick

Watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller.

A new story is added to our YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

Due to permissions from publishers, films are only available via a link here and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Poetry Time

To encourage a love of poetry, we have seven Poetry Time films for children in Reception and Year 1 to watch. Our performers, Nick and Elly, show how reading poems with thought and attention can evoke strong feelings in children – and adults! Children and parents can join in, enjoy the poems again and again and even learn them by heart.

To see the full playlist, click the icon in the top-right hand corner of the film.

Home reading guidance documents


Resources from Oxford University Press


Free Read Write Inc. eBooks

For free Read Write Inc. Phonics eBooks, activities and advice, visit Oxford Owl for Home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/read-write-inc-home

Read Write Inc. resources for parents and carers to buy

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