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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.

Here are our full progression documents for reading, which have been summarised in the tables below.

  • Recognise familiar logos and own name
  • Develop interest in songs and rhymes
  • Develop favourite stories and look at books (increasing range)
  • Fill in missing words in familiar rhymes
  • Join in with repeating phrases and refrains
  • Take part in rhythmic and rhyming activities
  • Learn and apply the phonemes from phase 2 and 3 phonics
  • Have awareness of story structure, describing main events, story settings and characters
  • Read print from left to right
  • Continue a rhyming string
  • Hear and say initial sounds in words
  • Segment and blend simple words
  • Begin to read words and simple sentences
  • Begin to have an understanding of non-fiction texts
  • Decode regular words and read irregular words
  • Read and understand simple sentences
  • Apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • Respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes
  • Read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words
  • Read the year 1 common exception words
  • Read words containing taught GPCs - -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er, -est endings
  • Read words of more than one syllable
  • Read words with contractions
  • Read books aloud which are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge
  • Read books aloud to build up fluency and confidence
  • Listen to and discuss a range of poems, stories and non-fiction texts
  • Link what is read to own experiences
  • Become familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases
  • Learn to appreciate rhyme and poems
  • Discuss word meanings
  • Draw on what they already know or on background information provided by the teacher
  • Check that the text makes sense to them
  • Discuss the significance of title and events
  • Make inferences
  • Predict
  • Explain clearly their understanding of what is read
  • Listen to and discuss poems, stories and non-fiction texts
  • Read books fluently at their phonic level
  • Apply own phonic knowledge to decode words
  • Read common exception words
  • Read words with suffixes
  • Read words of more than one syllable
  • Read contracted words
  • Re-read texts to build fluency
  • Check that texts make sense
  • Answer questions and make inferences
  • Predict what happens next based on what they've read


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.

Below you will find links to the different letters and sounds children learn from Phase 1 to Phase 6