Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by 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.
At Shorne C of E Primary School we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Our phonics teaching begins when the children enter Reception and forms the basis of reading throughout Key Stage One and into Key Stage Two for those children who require it. Following the clearly sequenced progression of sounds (see progression document), the children learn that each letter of the alphabet represents a different sound as well as different combinations of letters making different sounds (digraphs and trigraphs). This progression of sounds allows our children build upon their prior knowledge and develop the skills to decode unfamiliar words and master a range of phonetic strategies. All members of staff are fully trained to teach phonics, regardless of the year group they are in, to ensure continuous provision and support for child who may require additional support and to ensure that teaching strategies are continuously embedded in every child’s learning.
How we teach phonics:
In Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught daily with a review session on a Friday which recaps on the learning that has taken place during the week. Throughout the week, children will be introduced to new graphemes and decoding strategies as well as common exception words (words that cannot be decoded using phonetic strategies).
Phonics starts within the first three weeks of Reception, with lessons starting at 10 minutes and building towards 30 minutes over the year. By the end of Reception, the children will have been taught up to Phase 4. By the end of Year 1 the children would have been taught up to Phase 5.
For any child who does not pass the phonics screening or still requires phonics intervention, phonics teaching continues in Years 2 and 3.
Catch up sessions:
Children are continuously assessed in every lesson and formally assessed at the end of every term and any child who is identified as falling behind will attend wither daily small group or individual catch up session to ensure they quickly catch up. Parents will be informed if their child is attending these sessions and steps to take to support their learning at home. Small group session may take place across different year groups (e.g. Year 1 and 2 together).
Any child who is identified as falling behind is reassessed within 3 weeks.
Reading practice sessions:
In Reception and Year 1, and when appropriate, Year 2 and beyond, children apply their phonetic knowledge by using fully decodable books in small group practice reading sessions. These sessions are 15 minutes long and take place 3 times a week, with each session focusing on a different skill (Reception start with one session a week and build towards 3 sessions over the year). At the beginning of each session, the children go over different sounds, words and common exception words that will be in the text and then have the opportunity to read through the text at their own pace. The first session focuses on decoding and identifying words and sounds in the text, the second session focuses on prosody (becoming a reader and reading with expression) and the third session focuses on comprehension, using our reading toolkit (see attached information).
You will have an ebook copy of the text your child is reading that week so you can read the book together at home. This information will be shared with your child’s class teacher.
Reading at home:
As well as your child’s reading session book, your child will also take home a physical book from our library. This is still fully decodable and matches your child’s phonetic knowledge and understanding. These books are changed twice a week and children and families are encouraged to read these books multiple times to build up fluency and confidence. In Year 2, most children will move onto Accelerated Reader.
To encourage and develop a love of reading, we also have a Key Stage One library with a huge range of fiction and non-fiction books for you to share with your child. These books are to be read to your child and are not an additional reading book.
Every child in Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening Check in the summer term, this also applies to any child in Year 2 who did not pass the phonics screening when they were in Year 1.
Please see the link to Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised website for further information.
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.