*English - Phonics (Little Wandle)

Mission Statement: ‘Aspiring to achieve, determined to succeed’

In Phonics we aim to:

  • Ensure that every child receives daily Phonic input.
  • Ensure that every child possesses a developing phonic knowledge that they can independently apply; enhancing spelling skills through carefully planned practice, rigorous assessment and intervention.
  • Instil confidence in every child with their encoding and decoding skills.
  • Provide all pupils with opportunities to deepen their understanding through applying their skills across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Celebrate children achievements with their developments.
Click on the videos below to listen to the pronunciation of each pure sound. 
At Sandy Hill Academy we teach Phonics using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is based on the original Letters and Sounds, buthas been 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.

Daily Taught Phonics Session 

Each day your child will be taught Phonics. This is a fun, practical and interactive session that teaches the skills of oral segmenting and blending all children require to become good readers and writers.

The reading, including the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, is taught from the beginning of Reception. Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to read words and to spell words using the corresponding graphemes (the written corresponding sound) .  The children will then progress onto digraphs (sounds made up to two letters such as 'sh' and 'ch) and trigraphs (sounds made up of three letters such as 'igh' and 'ear.')

Our ongoing, 6-weekly assessment of pupils’ phonics progress  is sufficiently frequent and detailed to identify any pupil who is falling behind the programme’s pace. If any child does fall behind, targeted support is given immediately through daily 'keep up' sessions.

Each day in your child’s Phonic lesson they will be introduced to a new phoneme as well as revise previously taught phonemes. They will then be encouraged to recognise and use these phonemes in their reading and writing. In line with best practise your child will be bringing home reading books and word sets that contain taught phonemes to ensure that this new learning becomes fully embedded within their long-term memory.  

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