Set 3 Sounds and Words
Set 3 Speed Sounds
So far your child will have learnt one way in which each long vowel sound is written (Set 2 sounds).
When learning their Set 3 speed sounds they will be taught that there are more ways in which the same sounds are written, e.g. ee as in tr-ee (tree) and ea as in t-ea (tea) .
It can take a while for your child to fully understand this information.
There are 20 Set 3 ‘speed sounds’ that are made up of two or three letters which represent just one sound, e.g. ea as in t-ea , ow as in c-ow
and are as in c-are (care) . As before, it is important that your child does not pronounce these as 2 or 3 separate sounds. When your child sees the ‘speed sound’ letters together in a word, they must say just one sound for these letters.
When your child learns their Set 3 sounds in school they will learn:
- the letters that represent a speed sounds e.g. ea
- a simple picture prompt linked to the ‘speed sound’ and a short phrase to say e.g. cup of tea
Set 3 Green Words
Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so your child can ‘sound out’ and ‘blend’ words containing the new speed sound they have just learnt.
For example: s-p-oi-l =>spoil.
a-e: make cake shake name same save brave late
ea: tea neat real clean please dream
i-e: smile hide shine white nice wide like
o-e: phone hope home rose spoke note those
u-e: huge brute tune rude use June excuse
aw: yawn saw raw law straw dawn crawl
are: care and share bare spare scare flare square
ur: burn turn hurl burp slurp lurk
ow: cow howl down brown drown gown
oi: spoil join coin voice choice noise
ai: snail paint train rain plain strain
e: he me she we
oa: goat boat toad road oak loaf throat toast
ew: chew stew new knew flew blew crew newt
er: better letter over never weather hamster after
ire: fire spire bonfire inspire conspire hire
ear: hear ear fear dear gear spear year
ure: sure picture mixture adventure pure