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Phonics  Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

At Lydd Primary School we follow the 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' phonics programme. This is a synthetic phonics programme that is divided into five phases, and is taught through Nursery, Reception and KS1. Phonics is taught every day and reading books are closely matched to what is taught in Phonics lessons.

You can find out more about how we teach Phonics at https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/


Click on the link below to see the Little Wandle Programme progression.



Phonics lessons involve three parts;

1 - Revisit and review

2 - Teach and practise

3 - Practise and apply



It is very important that the sounds are pronounced correctly so that they can easily be blended together. This video shows how the sounds should be pronounced, and is very useful for when hearing your child read at home!


Reception Phonics meeting 23/09 link

Phonics Glossary

Here are some words that you might hear your child using when talking about Phonics.


Blending is the skill of joining sounds together to read words. Children are taught to say the separate sounds in a word and to then blend them together to decode the word.


A digraph is a sound that is represented by two letters e.g. the sound 'a' in rain is represented by the digraph 'ai'.


A trigraph is a sound that is represented by three letters e.g. igh, ear and ure


A grapheme is a visual representation of a sound e.g. a letter or a group of letters.

Some sounds are represented by a single letter whilst others are represented by more than one letter.


 A phoneme is a unit of sound e.g. the word 'cat' contains three phonemes; c - a - t.


 Segmenting is the opposite of blending. Children are taught to segment a word into its separate sounds in order to spell it.

 split digraph

 A split digraph is a digraph that is separated by other letters e.g. the sound 'a' in the word take is represented by the split digraph a-e.

This link provides more information on the words used at school when teaching Phonics; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42jb6PopZCI 


The Phonics Screening Check.

The Phonics Screening Check is an assessment at the end of Year 1 to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonetic decoding to an appropriate standard. It enables schools to identify children who need additional help, so ensure they are given support to improve their reading skills. It is a Statutory Requirement to carry out the screening check.

The check is a short, simple screening check which consists of a list of 40 words and pseudo words (non-words), which the child reads one-to-one with their class teacher.

The Phonics Screening Check takes place in June.


Ways to help your child at home

This link is to a video that shows how to blend sounds together to read words, which is crucial to learning to read https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/blog/how-can-i-support-my-child-with-phonics-learning/


  • Practise reading at home with your child regularly - a little and often really helps! Encourage children to read books more than once so their reading becomes fluent.
  • Boost comprehension. Ask questions like, "What do you think will happen next?" or "What did he mean by that?" 
  • Revisit familiar books. It's okay if your child wants to re-read favourite books from earlier years. In fact, it's actually beneficial!
  • Read aloud to your child. Choose books on topics that excite your child, and read with gusto, using different voices for each character. Reading aloud and sharing books will widen vocabulary and boost their imagination!
  • Promote a love of reading. Show your child how much you value reading by having plenty of books and magazines around the house, and getting caught reading yourself. You'll teach phonics as well as cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
  • Give lots of praise! Praise your child for trying hard and doing their best.
  • Speak with your child's teacher. If you have any questions speak to your child's teacher, who will be very happy to talk about Phonics and how we can work together to support the children. 

These links provides top tips on how to support your child with reading at home;