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What is the purpose of phonics? (Intent) 

We follow the Little Wandle Phonics scheme so that our learners:

  • Are taught a coherent sequence of lessons that builds upon prior knowledge.
  • Are introduced to phonemes, sounds & graphemes, and letters systematically.
  • Develop and apply blending and segmenting skills for both reading and writing
  • Are provided with opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge when reading and spelling
  • Are exposed to and taught phonetically decodable two-syllable and three-syllable words and the alternative ways of pronouncing and representing phonemes.
  • Explore spelling patterns and grammar, alongside developing a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding in the recognition and spelling of common exception words
  • Develop confidence, resilience and engagement in phonics lessons and a love for reading and writing
  • Can access a targeted intervention programme in from year 2 onwards (Rapid catch up), if our staff feel that this is required.


How do we teach phonics? (Implementation)

Our Phonics curriculum is taught:

  • Using the Little Wandle programme content and resources which sets clear and sequenced lessons that ensure progress within pupils.
  • Through a clearly defined structure to the teaching and delivery of phonics
  • Through direct teacher-led lessons that enable all learners to develop and apply new skills
  • Through using Little Wandle guides for each phase, that allow teachers and support staff working with our children to feel confident in their own subject knowledge, and knowing that they are fulfilling the national phonics criteria.
  • Through half termly assessments which track progress and plan for quick intervention taught in 3 weekly slots.


What is the impact of phonics on our pupils? (Impact) 

The impact of the Phonics curriculum at All Saints CofE Primary can be seen through:

  • Our children’s enjoyment of reading and writing
  • Our children’s skills and knowledge that demonstrates a systematic and progressive approach to the teaching of phonics
  • Our children’s fluency when reading, using segmenting and blending as key tools to success
  • Our children are able to read and spell common exception words accurately
  • Our children’s ability to use alternative spelling choices correctly and apply these in their writing
  • Our results in the statutory Year 1 phonic screening checks, when compared to both local and national data.