Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School

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Phonics (Little Wandle Letters & Sounds)

At Linthwaite Ardron School, early reading is taught using synthetic systematic phonics as the main approach to reading.

Our school follows the Department of Education approved scheme of “Little Wandle Letters and Sounds” which supports us in providing a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.


In Year R children learn phases 1-4. We teach children the phonemes following the Little Wandle Scheme.

In Year 1 children recap phase 4 and learn phase 5 phonics.


During the summer term children in Year 1 take part in the Year One Phonics Screening check.

Early reading uses a synthetic phonics approach. This is taught systematically and uses multi-sensory strategies, enabling the children to access texts. The choice of texts available are closely linked to the phonic stage they are working within. We encourage children to hear sounds in the environment and words before progressing to recognising letters and blending sounds to read words.

As children progress through the colour book stages they gain greater confidence and fluency. Reading widely and often, enjoying books for pleasure as well as for gaining information. There are opportunities for rich dialogic talk around texts so children can explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

The children have access to a phonetically matched book, a colour banded book and a library book to encourage children to read for please.


Take a look at the correct pronunciation for the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds below:

Please find below a selection of websites which have some helpful and fun resources and interactive games.