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Wetheringsett C of E Primary School

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At Wetheringsett C of E Primary School, we use Little Wandle to teach phonics and introduce phonics to our reception children.


Children begin theLittle Wandle programme at the start of Reception when they learn the individual sounds. The children then move on to sound blending and segmenting and are introduced to graphemes and diagraphs. From here, children learn to read and write words and sentences using their knowledge of letter sounds.


Phoneme - The smallest unit of sound. There are approximately 44 phonemes in English (it depends on different accents). Phonemes can be put together to make words.

Grapheme - A way of writing down a phoneme. Graphemes can be made up from 1 letter e.g. p, 2 letters e.g. sh, 3 letters e.g. tch or 4 letters e.g ough.

Digraph - A grapheme containing two letters that makes just one sound (phoneme).

Trigraph - A grapheme containing three letters that makes just one sound (phoneme).


The teaching of Phonics continues in Year 1 when the children undertake the National Phonics Screening Check at the end of the year. Phonics knowledge is consolidated throughout Year 2 and beyond.


What is Little Wandle?


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum.


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