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Reading and Phonic Schemes

Our Lady of the Wayside School - Early Reading


At Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring all children become accurate and fluent readers and writers, and we believe that phonics provides the knowledge children require. 


We teach children to read using a validated systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) called ‘Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised’. The programme is designed to teach children to read accurately using the skills of decoding and blending sounds together to form words.


We start teaching phonics in Nursery and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. 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.



The teaching of phonics is fast-paced, and we encourage all children to actively participate in each lesson, and by encouraging the children to take ownership of their learning we are continuously striving for excellence. We aim for all children to be accurate and fluent readers as soon as possible.


Please access the Little Wandle website (link below) to find more information. The 'For parents' section provides videos of how to pronounce the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds and how we teach the reading of words.


 Please visit our parent section to find additional guidance about the teaching of phonics and reading.