At Farncombe School we use a system of systematic synthetic phonics, which means that we teach children to say all the sounds in a word from left to right. They then blend the sounds together to read the word. For example, coin = c oi n, star = s t ar. We teach all the sounds used in English through ‘Little Wandle’, using this scheme to organise daily Letters and Sounds lessons and reading practice sessions. This creates a coherent journey into reading for our youngest pupils.
Little Wandle is used through Reception and Year 1, building up to the Year 1 Phonics Screening test, taken by all Year 1 children each June. Once our pupils have taken this test, we integrate into our book bands, ready for Year 2.
Year 2 Letters and Sounds is based on grammar and spelling. However, as needed, phonics revision will be provided for the small minority of children who are not yet secure with all the sounds.