Little Wandle Letters and Sounds
Our school uses Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to teach synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell.
Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 with each lesson providing opportunities for pupils to apply their knowledge through blending and segmenting activities.
Reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum, so the ability to efficiently decode is essential. Our school assesses the progress of all pupils and uses intervention to support pupils struggling with individual phonemes.
We believe that reading should be an enjoyable experience and we therefore ensure we have a wide variety of reading resources to capture the pleasure of reading for everyone. Our class timetables provide regular opportunities for all pupils to be able to read for their enjoyment, outside of our reading scheme.
When it comes to supporting your child at home with phonics there is a lot you can do.
Talk! Read! Play!
It doesn't matter if your child wants to read a story, the newspaper or a recipe book, reading is so beneficial!
When teaching and learning phonics, we always use 'pure' sounds.
A 'pure' sound is when you pronounce each letter sound clearly and distinctly. There are some examples of this in the 'phonics glossary' document below.
The link below will take you to a fantastic video that shows you how we pronounce our sounds, have a look!
Here are links to some fantastic videos linked to phase 2 and phase 3.
With phonics comes a lot of vocabulary and for some it can seem confusing. Below is a booklet specifically designed to support parents with the teaching of phonics. The booklet defines all of the common terms used in phonics and provides a clear outline of the Letter and Sounds phases, giving a clear overview of how children progress in this area of their learning.
There are also some really good ideas of how you can help your child at home!
Below, you will find information regarding capital letter formation. It is suggested that this begins once the children complete phase 2.