In Reception and Key Stage 1, we use the validated phonics SSP programme ‘Little Wandle- Letters and Sounds Revised’ to structure our phonics teaching and assessment. As part of the programme, children participate in daily phonics sessions and read within a guided reading group three times per week. These sessions focus on developing the skills of decoding, reading fluently and with prosody and comprehension. Guided reading books are carefully chosen based on the children’s current phonic understanding through regular assessment opportunities. All our early reading books are matched to the phonics programme and children only read books containing words that they can confidently sound and blend using their phonic knowledge.

At the end of Year 1, pupils take the Statutory Phonics test which consists of reading real and alien words to assess their decoding skills. In Year 2, children now access the Little Wandle Year 2 spelling programme. It is designed as a seamless link from the core Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme to teaching spelling in Year 2. It includes: Phase 5 Review, Bridge to Spelling and then a 20 week spelling programme. Their knowledge and understanding of these rules are assessed through the application of the words into their independent writing and a weekly spelling test within a spelling lesson each Friday.

Here are some ‘Little Wandle’ ressouces for you to download and help you to support your child at home.

Phonic Workshop September 2023

Here is the ‘Little Wandle’ phonic workshop PowerPoint.

Useful Videos

How we teach blending

Here is a helpful video to show you how we teach blending in school.

Teaching tricky words

Here is a video to show you how tricky words are taught.

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