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Castor Church of England Primary School

Why Little Wandle Letters and Sounds?

Phonics Lead: Miss Abbott       

There is a substantial body of evidence which demonstrates that systematic synthetic phonics is the most effective method for teaching all children to read. Phonics teaches children how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make, and blend these sounds together to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to decode new words that they see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

We use a systematic approach for the teaching of phonics called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been developed by Wandle and Little Sutton English Hubs and taken forward by Little Sutton Primary School and Wandle Learning Trust in partnership with other phonics and early reading experts.  

Phonics is crucial for your child to begin to learn to read and write. We begin phonics within the two weeks of starting school.

The SSP 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. To learn more about the programme, please see the link below: . In addition, the programme overview can viewed here.

The resources on the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so that you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. Please do ask Class Teachers or Miss Abbott if you want to know any more information about how best to support your child with their phonics learning.

The glossary of all of the key terminology can be viewed by clicking here

To hear the correct pronunciation of sounds please click here.