Phonics and Reading

Teaching Children to Read

"One of the greatest gifts adults can give is to read to children" Carl Sagan


We are a Little Wandle school and we adopt the Little Wandle mission to teach reading and change lives; this is to ensure everyone is supported in learning to read and to learn to love reading.

‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised provides all the planning, resources and support needed. Our pedagogy ensures optimum learning for the maximum number of children. Taught with fidelity, in parallel to the committed development of vocabulary and comprehension, and in a context that embraces Reading for Pleasure, it can provide reading success for all children, regardless of their background.’

Click on the link below to take you to the Parents section of the Little Wandle website:

‘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. Find our full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.

Parents and carers! If you have bought the Little Wandle at Home Phonics Flashcards, don’t forget to check out four fun games to play with your children on the Collins website.’




Here at Wales Primary school we are dedicated to teaching your child to read at their appropriate level and pace. Using the phonic system of decoding and blending for reading is taught as the first strategy of reading new words. Each child will read the same text three times with an adult. Each read has a reading focus: Blending for reading, Prosody, Comprehension. ‘Tricky’ words are read from memory but explanations are given as to why it is a ‘tricky’ word and therefore cannot be decoded and blended.

Children take home their Little Wandle books to practise their reading throughout the week or until the third read takes place.

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If you have any questions regarding phonics and reading at any age, please email Mrs Askey, Reading Lead:

Check out our Reading for Pleasure tab on the school website too.




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