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Early Reading and Phonics

At our school, we believe that every child can become a reader. We use the fully validated SSP Synthetic Phonics Programme 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised'  to plan, teach and assess early reading and to ensure that all children receive first quality phonics lessons and targeted support to ensure they make good progress. 

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. Children who experience the 'joy' of books and support with their reading each day, are far more likely to thrive in all areas of the curriculum. All the resources on this page will help you understand how your child is taught phonics and reading at school and how you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. 

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Progression

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Pronunciation and Mnemonics Guidance

These three videos show you how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. This is important for when they begin to 'blend' letters together to make words. 

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A Reading Practice Book.

This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. 

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.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.


A Reading for Pleasure 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!

Our daily phonics sessions are lively, fun and fast paced, made up of;

  • Practicing sounds that have been previously taught,
  • Learning a new sound
  • Blending sounds together to read words
  • Learning tricky words which cannot be sounded out
  • Reading and writing sentences with words we can decode
  • Practicing spellings by segmenting words into sounds before writing them.

How We Teach Blending

How We Teach Tricky Words