Phonics and Early Reading
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised – Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Programme
Our children are taught phonics and reading through the application of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme that was validated by the Department for Education in July 2021. All teachers and teaching assistants have completed training modules provided by Little Wandle to ensure a whole school understanding of the approach. As a result, the programme is followed with consistency across the school with our Phonics lead, Mrs Sharratt, supporting staff across the school with the implementation of the programme.
Daily Phonics Lessons
Phonics is the learning of individual sounds and then applying this to blending sounds to read words. Through daily lessons and repeated practice, a child’s phonic knowledge and skills become more automatic, leading them to become, over time, fluency and competent readers.
Fully Decodable Books
Collins Big Cat for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised have devised fully decodable books matched to the Little Wandle programme progression.
In conjunction with daily lessons, children must-read books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge. These books are carefully and precisely matched to the child’s secure phonic level to ensure a reading fluency level of 90%. This automaticity allows the child to then focus on what they are reading, reading to increase memory and understanding of what they have read. These books are read in school on a regular basis and are also shared at home with parents and carers via an e-book.
Support at Home
Each child is able to practise decodable books at home via Little Wandle e-books as well as physical copies of books that match the progression of the Little Wandle Scheme. Suggestions are shared with parents and carers on how they can best and most effectively support their child’s reading at home. Alongside this, we encourage parents and carers to read to their child, even as they grow older, to encourage a love of books as well as developing vocabulary and discussion.
Parents and carers are also encouraged to record their child’s reading in their home reading record that enables communication between home and school.
We know that some children may need extra support with their reading. These children are prioritised for sessions with teaching assistants on a regular basis.
Resources for Parents
On the Little Wandle website, there are some excellent resources for parents and carers in the “For Parents” section.
By following this link, you will be able to see the full progression grid from Reception to the end of Year 1. You will see which sounds and words your child will be learning at which point of their phonics and reading journey.
In this link you will find videos of how to correctly pronounce the sounds that each letter makes, the correct formation of each letter, and how to write capital letters.