Phonics and Spelling
Phonics & Spelling
We follow a Systematic, Synthetic Phonics programme in Reception and Key Stage One to develop children’s ability to read fluently. Lessons are taught daily and follow the Letters and Sounds progression. Our aim is for all children to decode fluently by the end of Year 2.
We are in the process of adopting Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our new Systematic Synthetic Phonics scheme – watch this space! In the meantime, visit the Little Wandle website for more information.
We follow a Systematic, Synthetic Phonics programme in Reception and Key Stage One to develop children’s ability to read fluently. Lessons are taught daily and our aim is for all children to decode fluently by the end of Year 2.
Daily, whole-class phonics sessions are lead by class teachers.
Children are taught a new sound each day.
Teachers work together with the whole class, following the ‘revisit, teach, practise, apply’ structure during each lesson.
The whole class works together using whiteboards before moving to independent activities. In KS1, children complete this activity sitting at tables and working in books in order to develop their handwriting and letter formation.
In Reception, daily revision and consolidation is provided for all children who require it. Class teachers with one group a day for a guided writing focus activity based on the phonics sounds taught that week.
In Year 1, teachers work with children who have struggled in the lesson while others complete independent activities linked to that day’s phonics learning.
You can view our whole-school Phonics and Spelling overview below.
No Nonsense Spelling
From Year 2 onwards, we adhere to the No Nonsense Spelling programme, which is designed to follow on directly from the Letters and Sounds progression. Spelling rules are taught in a systematic way in order to ensure that children can achieve clarity in their writing.
Spelling is taught 2 and 3 times per week alternately.
A weekly spelling test is provided and spellings are posted on our school website each half term. Words are chosen based on the teaching in that week’s lessons.
Pupils work on whiteboards or in spelling journals.
A range of spelling strategies are taught to children and they are encouraged to use these independently when encountering words they find difficult to spell.
Lessons focus on etymology, word families and spelling rules, encouraging children to experiment and explore language in a meaningful way.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds is divided into five Phases that are taught throughout EYFS and KS1. This is shown in our Progression in Skills document.