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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