Early Reading and Phonics

Subject Leader: Mrs H Palmer



At Saint George’s, we use the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ programme to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons. In Phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together (through blending) to make words. The children learn to recognise all the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching starts as soon as the children start in Reception and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, our aim is for all our children to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. At Saint George’s we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

Please follow this link to see the phonics programme overview for years R and 1.



Catch up sessions 

Any children that have been identified through assessment as falling behind are identified quickly for daily small group or individual catch up sessions to ensure that they catch up quickly. Parents are informed when their children are falling behind and are given resources to help support their children at home.


Reading practice sessions

Children across reception, year 1, year 2 (and beyond if appropriate) apply their phonics knowledge by using a fully matched decodable reader in a small group reading practice session.
These sessions are 15 minutes long and happen three times a week. There are approximately 6 children in a group.
The sessions follow the model set out in ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’.
Children who are not decoding, take part in an extra blending lesson, following the model set out in ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sound Revised’.


Phonics Screening

Pupils in year 1 will sit the phonics screening test in the summer term. Any children who do not meet the threshold mark for this test will be given additional support. They will then resit the test in year 2.



If you are a parent and would like more information as to how you can support your child at home with their phonics learning, please follow this link:



Phonics Workshop Powerpoint