At Dormers Wells, we follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.
Our phonic provision is designed to ensure that all pupils become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of successful and fluent readers and writers. We begin laying the foundations of phonic learning 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.
We believe that all pupils should progress through the phonics phases with fluency and confidence and thus place high importance on quality teaching and resources. Phonics and reading are essential tools to access the whole curriculum, to engage and make sense of knowledge and to explore, question and respond to the world. A strong phonics basis enables us to ensure our pupils flourish as readers and therefore develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and culturally.
We provide a balance of child-led and adult-led experiences for all children that meet the curriculum expectations for ‘Communication and language’ and ‘Literacy’. These include:
We ensure Nursery children are well prepared to begin learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and blending in Reception.
We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. These:
Each reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory. The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:
In Reception these sessions start in Week 4. Children who are not yet decoding have regular additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books.
In Year 2 and 3, we continue to teach reading in this way for any children who still need to practise reading with decodable books.
The decodable reading practice book is taken home to ensure success is shared with the family.
Assessment is used to monitor progress and to identify any child needing additional support as soon as they need it.
Ongoing assessment for catch-up
Dormers Wells Primary School is a Right Respecting School we follow the UN Conventions Rights for children where we teach children about rights, through rights and for rights. We believe children who have understanding of their rights also understand how others and how they should be treated. Also, we aim to create a safe environment and atmosphere for our children. Rights Respecting gives children a voice to express themselves and challenge any injustices. They feel empowered to access information and make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. As a school, we want to equip our children to advocate for rights where they can promote equality, fairness and safety.
Article 13- Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is in the law.
Supporting your child at home is really important. The resources on the Little Wandle website will help you support your child as they build their phonetic knowledge. There are also guidance videos on the pronunciation of each phoneme.
Click here for a guide on key terminology used in phonics.