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Little Wandle Letters and Sounds  is the phonics scheme that we use across school to teach reading and spelling.  Phonic lessons take place daily (usually first thing), children learn to recognise, practise and apply their knowledge of Little Wandle  letters and sounds to become effective readers and writers.

Click here for parents information from Little Wandle, here you will find useful videos to help support your child at home.

Learning to read and spell using phonics is about decoding (breaking words down into phonemes) and blending (putting phonemes together to make a word). When we talk about phonemes we are referring to the smallest and purest sound a letter makes eg the ‘s’ sound of the word snake.

Because some words can’t be decoded we teach these words as ‘tricky’ words, children will learn to read these ‘whole’ words during their daily phonics lesson.

All children are assessed every 6-8 weeks and gaps are analysed to inform Phonics Keep Up sessions. This allows complete participation in lessons.

Little Wandle is a systematic scheme which rapidly moves through 5 phases beginning in Reception and continuing into Key Stage One. Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential to ensure children access lessons which build on prior learning and promote rapid progress. 

Phonics Screening Check Year One

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.

Children who do not meet the expected standard in phonics in Year One will be reassessed in Year Two.

If you would like more information about phonic teaching in our school please speak to Mrs Bowcock.

Phonics and Early Reading Policy


To help at home:

Your child will start to bring books home as soon as they start in Nursery. Please help them to read and give lots of praise!

Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child  learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included. – Games and information for parents – many games to play – fun games for the children to play  – fun games for the children to play  – fun games for the children to play and information for parents  – fun games for the children to play  – fun games for the children to play  – fun games for the children to play

BBC Bitesize – many games to play covering all areas of the curriculum


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