At Highfield, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme approved by the DfE. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. Phonics is taught daily in Reception and Year 1.

In Nursery, the children follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised ‘Foundations for phonics’ guidance which focuses on developing listening and attention including oral blending and language development through the sharing of high-quality stories and rhymes. This ensures that the children are well prepared to begin learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and blending in Reception.

In Reception, children are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 GPCs, and words with adjacent consonants (Phase 4) with fluency and accuracy. In Year 1, children review Phases 3 and 4 and are taught to read and spell words using Phase 5 GPCs with fluency and accuracy. 

Any child who needs additional practice has daily ‘Keep-Up’ support which matches the structure of class teaching using the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning.

In Year 2, any child who is not fully fluent at reading or has not passed the Phonics screening check in Year 1 will receive daily Phonics lessons in the form of ‘Rapid Catch-Up’ sessions.

Please see the files below for more information.

Programme Overview Reception And Year 1 1

Phase 2 Autumn 1 Sounds  
Phase 2 Autumn 2 Sounds  
Phase 3 Sounds  
Phase 5 Sounds  

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