Phonics and Reading
At Field House, we value reading as an essential life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe that all our children can become fluent readers and our aim is for all our children to leave our school reading confidently and fluently, with understanding and expression. It is our intention to provide consistent, high-quality teaching of reading skills and to nurture a love of reading in all our children, exposing them to a wide variety of high-quality texts, genres and authors.
We teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, a DfE validated systematic and synthetic phonics programme. 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.
Children at Field House will access high quality, daily phonics teaching which will equip them with the skills to become successful and confident readers. They will also take part in three weekly group reading sessions which focus on word reading, prosody and comprehension. Through daily lessons, group reads, reading widely and often across the curriculum, and being supported at home with reading (an expectation of five reads per week out of school) our children will develop reading skills, independence, resilience and a 'can do' attitude when faced with unfamiliar words.
The regular and consistent approach to the teaching and learning of phonics in our school allows children to decode words more readily and this has a significant impact on reading fluency.
We aim for all pupils to:
- Develop an ability to communicate their ideas effectively and confidently.
- Have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with an understanding of what they have read.
- Develop confidence in reading a wide variety of genres and text types.
- Read widely and often to develop a love for reading for pleasure.
- Become confident, fluent readers with a good understanding of grammar and punctuation and in possession of a rich vocabulary.
Below you will find links to the different letters and sounds children learn from Phase 1 to Phase 6
The policy below will give you more information about the Little Wandle Scheme.
The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. Find our full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.