How we teach Phonics
At Broadwood Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
This approach builds children's speaking and listening skills in their own right, as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. The aim is that children become fluent readers by the age of seven.
However, phonics interventions are embedded across the whole school, including Key Stage 2 to enable all children to secure learning gaps in phonics.
There are 5 phases altogether and ideally, children would be taught at the age appropriate phase.
Please see the attached progression document below for more detailed information on the 5 phases.
Little Wandle in Reception and Key Stage 1
- We teach phonics for 30 minutes a day. In Reception, we build from 10-minute lessons, with additional daily oral blending games, to the full-length lesson as quickly as possible. Each Friday, we review the week’s teaching to help children become fluent readers.
- Children make a strong start in Reception: teaching begins in Week 2 of the Autumn term.
- We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised expectations of progress:
- Children in Reception are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 GPCs, and words with adjacent consonants (Phase 4) with fluency and accuracy.
- Children in year 1 will recap Phase 3 and 4 and are taught to read and spell words using Phase 5 GPCs with fluency and accuracy.