Phonics - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds


Phonics - Sound and District Primary School


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What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.

Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters tpa and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.


At Sutton Manor Community Primary School, we use the Little Wandle letters and sounds programme to teach phonics and early reading. 

It is a complete systemic synthetic phonics programme devised from excellent practice and research. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised also 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.

All of our staff are fully trained to deliver the programme to children in Early Years, Years 1 and 2 and for children in KS2 to catch up. 

Children will come home talking about phonemes, digraphs, belnding, sound talk adn all sorts of strange phrases. Please follow the link below to access a glossary of the words that we use.

Take a look at our glossary of terms.

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