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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life

Set 1 Speed Sounds

Set 1 Speed Sounds


Set 1 sounds are the first sounds that your child will learn. Pupils learn the sound that the letter makes, not letter names at this stage. Pupils learn a saying to help them to form the single letters in their writing too. Below you will find a list of the sounds that they learn, in order, and the mnemonic that goes with them. 


Set 1 order: 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

Set 1 special friends: sh, th, ch, qu, ng, nk, ll, ss, ff, ck



Stretch - mmmmountain

Handwriting saying - 'Maisie, mountain, mountain'


Bounce - a-a-a-apple

Handwriting saying - 'Round the apple, down the leaf' 


Stretch - ssssnake

Handwriting saying- 'Slither down the snake' 


Bounce - d-d-d-dinosaur

Handwriting saying - 'Round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet'