Phonics is the first important step in learning to read quickly and skillfully and is an essential part of your child’s early education. It provides children with strategies to help them to read independently by teaching your child to read sounds in words.
Evendons Primary School follows the Little Wandles Revised Letters and Sounds programme which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) that teaches children early reading skills.. This programme introduces sounds and common high-frequency words in a set order, split into five phases.
We teach Phonics daily in EYFS to Year 2 and beyond if needed. The children are taught in a mixture of both whole class and small group session. Additional phonics groups are provided for children requiring more support in learning phonic sounds and for children that don’t meet the required standard in the year 1 phonics check.
A phonics session is about 20 minutes per day, fast paced and active. We ensure that each phonics lesson has the same structure, providing opportunity for children to recap and build on prior learning, learn new grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and to practise skills such as blending and segmenting. An explanation of these terms can be found on this glossary sheet.
As well as practicing phonics in school, your child will come home with a fully decodable reading book that is matched to their secure phonics knowledge. It is imperative that children have the opportunity to practice independent reading where they can apply and embed their phonics skills.
If you would like to find out more information about our new phonics scheme or to learn more about how to support your child with phonics at home then please visit the Little Wandles website.
We are passionate about fostering a love of reading at Evendons. In January 2020, through PTA funding, we were able to completely refurbish our school library to create a wonderful space to enjoy books and select books to take out on loan.
Our reading books carefully match the children’s phonics abilities.
We teach reading in a variety of ways:
- Shared whole class or small group reading
- Daily class story times
- Guided reading
- 1:1 reading using schemed books
- Peer reading
- Visits to our school and local library
- World Book Week
- Author and Illustrator visits
Sam Grimes and Katrina Salmon led a parent workshop on phonics at Evendons and the following is a link to the materials discussed: