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Our children learn Phonics using the Little Wandle programme. This is a systematic synthetic approach which ensures progress across EYFS and KS1. Phonics is a crucial part of Early Reading so this is a massive focus and is taught daily right from EYFS through KS1.

For phonics help, click the following link: Use the different tabs to explore different sections (support for phonics, how we teach and support for reading)     Here you will find all the help you may need for Little Wandle

Coverage in Phonics:

Nursery = Phase 1 and start of Phase 2

Reception = Phase 2, 3 and 4

Year 1 = Recap of Phase 3 and 4 and move onto Phase 5

Year 2 = Recap of all phases and move onto Phase 6 and spelling rules

In KS2, we identify children’s phonic gaps and they are addressed through small group interventions using the Keep Up program.

In Year 1, children will sit a phonics screening test towards the end of the year (June) where they will be expected to read a range of real words and alien words (made up words) using all of the taught knowledge from phases 2-5. Here is a PowerPoint to explain the phonics screening check:  LW Phonics and Reading pp for parents.pdf


Little Wandle documents:

Capital letter formation


Home Reading:

Children are encouraged to read at home at least three times a week using our Little Wandle Phonics reading books.  These books have been carefully matched from recent assessments in school; supporting children’s phonic knowledge and gaps.




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