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Phonics and Reading



Our school uses the Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds scheme to provide an enjoyable and effective learning experience in Early Reading for all our pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1. We believe that through close adherence and daily lessons using the Little Wandle approach, it will enable our children to become proficient readers able to recognise letter sounds as they move up through the school.



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.


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.


Sharing book

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!


The Collins Big Cat reading scheme aligned to the Little Wandle resources and so is used in both Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1. This scheme allows our pupils to progressively build their vocabulary and comprehension skills as they practice reading key words and become increasingly fluent readers.


As children progress beyond Early Reading and phonics, they will transition on to the school's banded book system which enables readers to access a wide range of texts matched to their reading ability. All readers will be heard at least once-a-week in schools, with some children identified as daily readers. We encourage families to read as often as possible both with and to their children, with the expectation being once a day in Key Stage 1 and at least three times weekly in Key Stage 2. 


The graphemes (the way sounds are written in our language) and phonemes (the sounds that are blended together to make words in our language) are taught in sequence and these can be viewed below. If you would like any guidance as to how to deliver these sounds, then please speak to your child's teacher or visit these Parent Resources

Children are encouraged to borrow a second or third book from the school library to encounter a variety of reading literature and to broaden their reading horizons. The school also subscribes to class reading boxes, which supply age-matched reading materials specific to the topics taught in each class at a given point in the year. 


If you would like to find out more information about our phonics or reading schemes, please speak to Mrs Berkley or Mr Gallagher as the school's Reading Leaders.