Little Wandle Approach  

At Monkwick Infant and Nursery School, we teach Phonics through a scheme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is a complete Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. It is based on the original Letters and Sounds but has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme which meets all the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Phonics is taught daily for children working at Phases 1 – 5, and from Phase 2, these children have an additional 3 reading practice sessions per week, to help build fluency in decoding.   

View the parent section of little wands.   

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their phonemes (sounds) and writing their graphemes (letters). There are also useful videos so you can see how your child is taught at school, to be able to confidently support their reading at home.  

See below the programme overview for Reception and Year 1. 

Why learning to read is so important: 

  • Reading is essential for all subject areas and improves life chances. 
  • Positive attitudes to reading and choosing to read have academic, social and emotional benefits for children. 

How children learn to read: 

  • Phonics is the only route to decoding. 
  • Learning to say the phonic sounds. 
  • By blending phonic sounds to read words. 
  • Increasing the child’s fluency in reading sounds, words and books. 

Reading fully decodable books: 

  • Children must read books consistent with their phonic knowledge. 
  • It is essential not to use other strategies to work out words (including guessing words, deducing meaning from pictures, grammar, context clues or whole word recognition).  
  • Books must be fully decodable and follow the Little Wandle scheme 
  • Children need to read books in a progressive sequence until they can decode unfamiliar words confidently. 

The role of Parents’ and Carers’: 

  • Have a positive impact on their child’s reading. 
  • Should model the importance of reading practice to develop fluency. 
  • There are two different types of books that pupils bring home: reading practice and books to share for pleasure. 
  • Reading at home encourages a love of books, along with developing vocabulary and discussion. 
  • Parents should use voices, expression, discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, talk about the pictures, and predict what might happen next. 

Supporting your child with reading: 

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. 

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home: 

A reading practice book (this will be an online book). 

This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. 

A book to share for pleasure.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together. 

Reading practice book: 

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. 

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together. 

Sharing book: 

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. 

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!