Phonics at West Hove Infant School

Phonics at West Hove Infant School

At West Hove Infants, we ​believe all our children can become fluent readers which is why we teach ​phonics and reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised programme. This is a systematic synthetic programme of phonics (SSP) that adheres to the essential core criteria outlined in the DFE’s Phonics Programme validation documentation.

Phonics teaches children the sound each letter, or group of letters, represents and is the first step in children learning how to read. Children will begin to recognise letters, or groups of letters, and the sounds they make, which they then use to blend sounds together for reading, and segment them when writing. The children are taught to hear, identify and spell 44 sounds in the British language. At its earliest stage, children are taught one way to read and spell each sound and in KS1 this broadens out to include more complex spelling patterns.  Please see detailed guidance on Phonics lessons and progress here.

Please find the link below to the Little Wandle website for information for parents/carers to show how we are teaching Little Wandle in our school. The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. The page also includes the full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview to see what your child will learn and when.