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Phonics and Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr Seuss

At Sandilands we believe that reading is the key to accessing our whole curriculum and as the biggest indicator to future academic success. For this reason phonics has been given a high priority within our school and we aim to ensure that all children are fluent readers. All of our teaching staff have received ‘Little Wandle’ training to ensure consistency across the school.

Little Wandle

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and prepares our children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.


Teaching phonics
Phonics teaching starts from day 1 in Reception where we teach children how to recognise the sounds that letters make using fun pnuemonics or phrases. We usually teach four new sounds a week and have a review lesson on a Friday. In each lesson children are shown how to blend the sounds they know together to
read words and then sentences. Children are assessed every six weeks to ensure they are making progress. Anyone who needs extra support will have daily sessions planned for them.


Reading Practise Sessions.
We have reading practise sessions three times a week, each session focuses on a different aspect of reading; Decoding, Prosody, which is reading with expression, using our storyteller voices and comprehension, answering questions about the story. We read the book three times as we want to develop our fluency in reading, Children then have access to the same book using our online library which they can share with you at home.

Helping at Home
The most important thing that you can do is read with your child!
Read to them, have them read to you, look at pictures, words and talk about the story. This all helps to develop your child’s listening skills, vocabulary and understanding of words, sentences and books.
Alongside their online reading book children will also bring home a ‘Snuggle’ book each week, simply to enjoy sharing at home. This is how we are encouraging our children to develop a love of reading so please take the time to share this with them as often as you can

Guided Reading - KS2

Guided Reading is used in KS2 as a key teaching strategy, alongside any phonics teaching that is still needed. Teachers and Teaching Assistants work with each guided reading group throughout the week. Within these sessions there are lots of opportunities for discussions about the book and key skills are taught such as predicting and summarising.

Children are grouped according to ability and when not reading with an adult the children are given a purposeful reading activity to complete independently. Guided Reading texts are chosen to challenge the children and are based on a 90% accuracy rate.

The books that children take home are intended to be one reading band below the books that they are reading in Guided Reading. Children should be able to read these books independently and they are intended to allow the children a chance to practice their fluency, expression and further their understanding and comprehension.

Each class has a class novel or book which will be read by the class teacher throughout the week. The teacher will model reading this aloud to the class while allowing time for questioning and discussions. These carefully selected books ensure that all our children are exposed to a wide range of quality literature and that they develop an awareness of famous authors and different writing styles.

Book Fair Catalogue and payment

Online Catalogue 

Pre-payment for books

Little Wandle parent support

Parent guide for accessing Big Cat Collins books at home

Click here for the Little Wandle Glossary. 

Little Wandle Reception and Year 1 Programme overview - click here to download

Pronunciation and letter formation parent support - Autumn 1 

Pronunciation and letter formation parent support - Autumn 2

Follow this link to the Little Wandle website for 'How to' videos for supporting at home.