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St James Hatcham

Little Wandle Staff Training

All members of teaching and teaching support staff have completed training modules provided by Little Wandle to ensure a whole school understanding of the approach.

Phonics is a way of teaching pupils to read quickly and skilfully. It is essential that our approach to teaching phonics and reading is accessible to all pupils.

They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter represents;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Pupils can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

We teach phonics daily in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Phonics is taught from the first day in Reception. By following Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised we are able to ensure our pupils build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.