Teaching Phonics and Early Reading
At Elvetham Heath Primary School, we believe that reading is an essential life skill and our curriculum is designed to encourage and develop a lifelong love of reading. We believe that all children can become fluent readers and writers. An understanding of phonics is crucial to develop their early reading and writing skills. These skills enable them to succesfully access the wider curriculum which is why we start teaching phonics at the beginning of Reception using a government validated synthetic phonics scheme. A clear progression ensures that children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through the school.
The video below explains how we teach phonics and early reading at EHPS. We have been using the 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' systematic synthetic phonics programme since January 2022. The video introduces the approaches used, some of the terminology you may hear, what we do in the classroom and how to support your child’s learning at home.
The video refers you to some additional Little Wandle video resources, the link to which is provided below. These are found on the For Parents section of the Little Wandle website.
How to pronounce the sounds (phonemes) video is in the Support for Phonics section.
Blending and Tricky Words videos are in the How We Teach section.