Little Wandle Phonics and Early Reading

Little Wandle is our new systematic synthetic phonics programme developed by schools for schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. Find our full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.

How to pronounce sounds taught in Reception 

 

How we teach 

The following videos will support you in how we teach different aspects of phonics.

 

 

Click here – all of the sounds and their grapheme rhymes taught in Autumn 2:

Click here – all of the sounds and their grapheme rhymes taught in Autumn 1:

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Supporting your child with reading

Reading is our main priority in school. Alongside this, you can have a huge impact on your child’s reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

Your child will bring home two types of reading books:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this with increased fluency and independence.

A library book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together to develop a passion and love of reading.

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!