At Kingsley we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Programme. This is a complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme which follows the letters and sounds teaching sequence.
On this page you will find our phonics policy, useful links to videos and documents to support parents/carers as well as information on decodable reading books.
Information about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
The Phonics Screening Check is an assessment to check a child’s ability to read words using phonics rules. This is the school’s first formal way of checking your child’s phonics progress and helps the school show the overall progress of children in Year 1. It also helps highlight if any extra support needs to be given.
Please note that in 2021 the phonics screening check will also take place for Year 2 children in the Autumn term. This is due to the national lockdowns in Spring 2021.
All children in Reception to year 2 take part in guided reading sessions at least twice per week with a teacher and teaching assistant. During this time they work in small groups to share a text which allows them to practise the sounds they have been learning in phonics. These sessions allow children to apply their knowledge and practise segmenting and blending, fluency, prosody and comprehension. We use the Little Wandle reading books during these sessions to ensure continuity between learning and application.
At Kingsley, we use a fully decodable reading scheme to support our phonics teaching. This means that children will access books which match their phonics ability and allow them to read confidently and fluently at their own level. This year we have been lucky enough to purchase the Collins Big Cat reading scheme all the way through school from Nursery to Year 6. Below you will find some information about our reading scheme and how you can support early reading at home.