'Our aim is for children to become fluent, independent and highly skilled readers'
We use the revised ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ which is a complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.
How children learn to read
Reading fully decodable books
The role of Parents’ and Carers’
Supporting your child with reading
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Little Wandle Presentation for Parents
Programme Progression Reception and Year 1 overviews
Capital Letter Formation
Little Wandle Letter Formation
Pronunciation Guide 1
Pronunciation Guide 2
Glossary of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised terminology
Grapheme mats phase 2, 3 and 5
Grapheme mats Phase 2 and 3
Resources for Parents
The ‘Spelling Shed’ spelling scheme is introduced from Year 3, building on the children’s phonetic knowledge gained from using the Little Wandle phonics scheme and spelling scheme in KS1. Spelling Shed spelling is supplemented by additional sessions focussing on spelling rules and statutory lists as required. Spellings are set weekly using Spelling Shed and the children are tested weekly on ten spellings.