A good foundation in phonics is essential for children to become good readers and writers. 

Since 2021, we started following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Follow this link to find out more about the programme: little-wandle-.png

The overview for Reception and Year 1 has been uploaded to this page so you can see the progression from the beginning of Reception to the end of Year 1. 

The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to all children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not yet passed phonics screening check.

Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Phonics is delivered in a whole class format because it enables staff to ensure application across subjects embedding the process in a rich literacy environment for early readers.

‘Little Wandle’ is used as the basis for delivering the phonics sessions in Reception. This is now taught in Reception and Year 1.

‘Little Wandle’ assessments are used alongside Phonics Tracker to assess pupils’ progress half-termly.


St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG