Phonics has always been an essential part of your child’s curriculum and we have enjoyed positive results from past phonics assessments. Following research in the most effective and long-lasting ways to teach phonics, the government have validated certain phonic schemes and strongly promote consistency of approach across the school and home environments. Therefore, we spent the Autumn term reviewing our resources and approach and evaluating schemes that met with Government approval.
As a result, we are introducing ‘Little Wandle, Letters and Sounds Revised’ supported by ‘Collins Big Cat’ reading books this term. As a staff, we all felt confident that this would appeal to your children and make learning fun and help them to progress.
You will notice a number of changes to phonics teaching and reading books. The following link will help you with the way the sounds are taught and give some useful information and downloads, with superb videos of how each sound should be pronounced - https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/
Your child will be taught to read at school, with sessions each week on fluency, comprehension and expression. However, you will have a massive impact on their reading journey by supporting this practice with what you do at home.
Once your child has finished phase 5 phonics, they will join our Accelerated Reader programme and bring home one of these books to share with you. As they work through the Little Wandle programme, there are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
This will have been carefully matched to your child’s current phonic knowledge and confidence, and to the tricky words they know. They should be able to read this to you fluently and independently, only needing to ‘sound out’ (blend) a couple of words with very little help. This doesn’t mean it’s ‘too easy’ – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Being fluent also allows them space to rehearse reading expressively and think about the meaning of what they have read. Remember to always give them lots of praise and celebrate every success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
Your child should not be expected, nor will they be able, to read this book to you. Please don’t expect them to read this independently or sound out unfamiliar words. This book will have been chosen by your child from our classroom book corner, purely because they like it and want to share it with you. By enjoying these books with your child and talking about the pictures and meaning together, you will be helping to develop a child who reads for pleasure and giving them to access to a far richer vocabulary – essential to help them understand their experiences and to develop a life-long love of reading itself as a window to the wider world’.
Thank you for your support in this exciting development in teaching our children to read and have fun! These should be precious moments for you both.