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.  

 In Nursery our Phonics learning is incorporated within the Literacy aspect of the EYFS curriculum. Our journey towards learning to read and write begins with us by sharing stories together and participating in our daily phonics sessions.
Children in Nursery are taught Phonics through activities that involve listening and attention, focusing on distinguishing a variety of natural and man made sounds. These basic skills are vital to enable the children to progress onto more structured Phonics learning in Reception.  
"I made big ears to help me listen." Nursery child, aged 3.
"Phonics helps us learn to read and write." Nursery child, aged 4.
In Reception we are enjoying learning how words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. We are using our new Little Wandle resources to support us with our Phonics and have been learning the catchphrase (mnemonic) for each of the taught graphemes so far.
During Phonics sessions we have been playing lots of oral blending games to help us to put our learning into practice. We have also been using sound buttons to 'point and sweep' to help us to read new words with our taught graphemes. 
"In phonics we learn a new sound every day." Reception, aged 5. 
"I love the phonics games. I like it when we match the sound to the object" Reception, age 4. 
Year 1 
In Year 1 we have been working hard in Phonics. During each lesson we review our previously taught sounds, our new sound is then introduced. We segment and blend words for reading first and then after that we use what we have learned to write words with our sound of the day in. We finish by writing a dictated sentence. 
"I love it when we do 'shuffle time' and we get to check that we know the sounds out of order!" Year 1, age 5.
"I like it when we get to write on our whiteboards so we can use the sounds we know." Year 1, age 5.
Year 2
In Year 2, we have enjoyed reading our new Phonic Guided Reading books that we have at school this year. We are always excited to spot our phoneme of the day in the books. We can share the text with our friends and talk about what we have read.
"I like reading my book with my friends. We take in turns reading to each other and see who can spot the sounds first." Year 2 pupil, age 6.
Year 3
In Year Three, the children have continued to build on their phonic knowledge. They have been focusing on applying the correct sound to different words when writing. The children are always encouraged to use their 'Grow the Code' to support their reading and their writing. 
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