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Our Phonics Approach at Barnfields

At Barnfields Primary School we follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ phonics programme.  Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme and draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long-term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.

The programme is divided into five phases and is taught in Reception and KS1.  Phonics is taught every day and reading books are closely matched to the children’s developing phonic knowledge. 

Phonics lessons involve three parts;

1 – Revisit and review

2 – Teach and practise

3 – Practise and apply

It is important to ensure that your child pronounces the sounds correctly so that they can effectively blend them together to read.  This will help you in supporting your child learn individual sounds and is very useful for when hearing your child read at home.  To watch videos which show how the sounds should be pronounced, find out more about how we teach phonics and how you can support your child at home please see the following link:

To view the Little Wandle programme progression please see the attached programme overview below.  You will also find a useful attachment with a glossary of Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds terminology which you may hear your child using when talking about phonics.  

The Phonics Screening Check

The Phonics Screening Check is a Statutory Requirement at the end of Year 1 to assess whether individual children can phonetically decode to the required standard.  It enables schools to identify children who need additional help to ensure they are given support to improve their reading skills.  

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.