Phonics at The Grove Academy

We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide our daily phonics lessons. It is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) designed to get children reading as soon as possible.

How we teach phonics

  • In Nursery, children follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised ‘Foundations for Phonics’ guidance. The focus is on daily oral blending and language development through high quality stories and rhymes.

  • In Reception and Year 1, children follow the progression within Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Phonics is taught daily and there is a review session on a Friday.

  • Phonics starts in Reception in Week 2 to ensure the children make a strong start. The aim is to have children blending by Christmas.

  • By the end of Reception, children will have been taught up to the end of phase 4.

  • By the end of Year 1, children will have been taught up to the end of phase 5.

  • In Year 2, phonics lessons are taught daily to children where appropriate – following the model of Little Wandle but plugging specific gaps identified through assessment.

  • In Key Stage 2 there are planned phonic ‘catch-up’ sessions following a set model to address specific reading/writing gaps.