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Phonics Curriculum

At Waterside Primary School we use Little Wandle Letters and Sound Revised to deliver our daily engaging Phonics lessons. Little Wandle is a complete systematic synthetic validated phonics programme.

 

 

 

How we teach phonics

  • In the nursery, children follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised ‘Foundations for Phonics’ guidance. The focus is on daily oral blending and language development through high quality stories and rhymes.
  • In reception and Y1, children follow the progression within Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Phonics is taught daily and there is a review session on a Friday.
  • Phonics starts early in reception to ensure the children make a strong start.
  • By the end of reception, children will have been taught up to the end of phase 4.
  • By the end of year 1, children will have been taught up to the end of phase 5.
  • Reception lessons start at 10 minutes, with daily additional oral blending – increasing to 30 minutes as soon as possible.
  • In Year 1 Phonics takes place daily on Monday and Friday and twice daily Tuesday to Thursday. The focus is on reading in the morning and writing and spelling in the afternoon. The phonics sounds taught throughout the week are used to set the children's weekly home spellings.
  • In Y2-Y3, phonic lessons are taught daily to children where appropriate – following the model of Little Wandle but plugging specific gaps identified through assessment.
  • In Y2-Y6 there are planned phonic ‘Keep-up’ sessions following a set model to address specific reading/writing gaps. These are short, sharp sessions lasting 10 minutes in length and taking place at least three times a week.

 

Reading practice sessions

  • Children across reception, year 1, year 2 (and beyond if appropriate) apply their phonics knowledge by using a full matched decodable reader in a small group reading practice session.
  • These sessions are 15/20 minutes long and happen three times a week per group. There are approximately 6 children in a group.
  • The sessions follow the model set out in Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised and .
  • The children then take the same book home the following week to ensure success is shared with the family.

 

How do we assess phonic knowledge?

  • In reception and year 1, at the end of each week there is a review session which recaps the learning. There are also whole review weeks to help assess the children's Phonics knowledge and to pin point where addition catch up sessions maybe required.  
  • Children identified in reception and Y1 as in danger of falling behind are immediately identified and daily ‘keep up’ sessions are put in place – sessions follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.
  • In reception and year 1, the children are assessed at the end of every half term using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised assessment tracker.
  • The children in Y1 sit the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term (See additional link) .
  • Children who do not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Y1, will re-sit this in Y2.
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