Little Wandle Phonics and early reading at Engaines Primary.

This year, we have introduced a new phonics scheme called 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds'.

The programme is designed to teach children to read from Reception to Year 2, using the skill of decoding and blending sounds together to form words. “The Little Wandle programme provides a full progression through all commonly occurring GPCs (sounds), working from simple to more complex, and taking into account the frequency of their occurrence in the most commonly encountered words.”

Please access the Little Wandle website (link below) to find more information. The 'For parents' section provides additional information regarding our phonics scheme - Little Wandle.

Why learning to read is so important.

Reading is essential for all subject areas and improves life chances.

Positive attitudes to reading and choosing to read have academic, social and emotional benefits for children.


How children learn to read.

Phonics is the route to decoding and reading words.

Learning to say the phonic sounds is a essential part of the learning to read process.

By blending phonic sounds, children begin to read words.

Increasing the child’s Fluency in reading sounds, words and books increases with guided support from our Little Wandle trained adults.


Reading and phonics at Engaines.


·Your child will bring home a reading book that is matched to their phonic ability.

·The children will take part in guided reading sessions led by a Little Wandle trained teacher or TA. The books they use will be matched to their phonic ability. The children will read in small groups 3 times across the week focusing on different skills:

· Decoding - applying their phonics skills to reading

· Prosody - reading with expression and intonation

· Comprehension - answering different questions about the text e.g. inference, prediction

The aim is that your child reads with 90% fluency as the book is fully decodable. This means that the children should be reading books that include sounds they have learnt. Your child should be able to read the book without any significant support. If they are reading fluently, this is the appropriate book and is not too easy for them.

Children will change their reading book once a week. Your child's teacher will change their reading book as they progress with their phonics.


Supporting your child with reading.


Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.


There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book.

This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book. Children may not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you to both read and enjoy together.


Reading practice book.


This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please do not worry that it is too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they cannot read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.


Sharing book.


In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Continuing the early reading journey into year two.


Accelerated Reader (AR)


At Engaines we use Accelerated Reader scheme from Years 2-6. It is an online system which assesses your child's reading level through a 'Star Reading Test', providing them with a reading range (ZPD) to enable them to grow and develop as readers. In year two those children who have passed the phonics screening test will move onto AR.


Children will read a book within their reading range and take a short comprehension quiz to determine how they should choose their next book. For each quiz taken and passed, the children will score points


Programme Overview · Programme-Overview_Reception-and-Year-1.pdf                      


Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

How we teach blending

A quick guide to Alien words

How we teach tricky words



Resources for Home GLOSSARY OF TERMS.pdf




Handwriting and Pronunciation









The Powerpoint below explains how phonics is taught at Engaines and gives ideas how to support your child at home. If you have any questions please feel free to ask your class teacher.