At Willow Farm 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 has been extensively revised beyond the original Letters and Sounds to provide a complete teaching programme, meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.
Daily Phonics Sessions
Every day your child will be taught Phonics. It is a fun, practical and interactive session that teaches the skills 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 written version (known as the graphemes). The children will then progress onto digraphs (two graphemes making one sound - th, ch, ng) and trigraphs (three graphemes making one sound '-igh', '-ure').
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.
Every 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 practice 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.
For more information on how our phonics works please click on the link below:
Mrs Syalon (our phonics lead) has also created a presentation to explain more about our approach to phonics.