St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School

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Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

Phonics (reading and spelling)

At St Mary Immaculate, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

 As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At St Mary Immaculate, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

 

Comprehension

At St Mary Immaculate we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.

 Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have a Reading Leader who drives the early reading programme in our school. This person is highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.

 

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.

 

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.

 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.

 

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!

 

Programme Overview

Programme Overview Reception and Year 1

 

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

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Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

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Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

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Autumn 1 Phase 2 sounds Reception

Autumn 2 Phase 2 sounds Reception

Spring 1 Phase 3 sounds Reception

 

Resources for use at home

Capital Letter Formation 

Grapheme mat phases 2 and 3 

Grapheme mat phases 2, 3 and 5

Glossary of Terms

 

The following videos  show parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.

A quick guide to alien words

//www.youtube.com/embed/VtoJZMVgy1I#t=0.5

 

How we teach tricky words

//www.youtube.com/embed/NTC0PbtmeUA#t=0.5

 

 How we teach blending

//www.youtube.com/embed/IL5YUCPyC5I#t=0.5