We teach phonics, at Holmes Chapel Primary School, through the Little Wandle letters and sounds revised scheme of work. This is a government approved systematic, synthetic approach to teaching. Children in Reception – Year 2 will take part in daily phonics sessions and children in years 3-6 will take part in small ‘catch-up’ group sessions where appropriate.

Our practice reading sessions run alongside the phonics teaching and books are carefully matched to each child’s phonic ability to ensure they are fully decodable. Children will take part in adult-led practice reads three times a week and will take home an e-book version of this book to consolidate learning. Children will also choose up to 4 books to take home each week to promote reading for pleasure.

Please see below for downloadable resources that may be of use at home to support your child with their phonics learning.

Further information for parents (including video clips to show correct pronunciation of sounds and exemplifications of teaching) can be found on the Little Wandle website:


Phonics teaching

We teach children to understand that they need to be able to recognise both the sounds (phonemes) in words and the letters, or groups of letters that make the sounds (graphemes). The children have daily Phonics lessons in  Reception and Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3,  The children start by learning the single letter sounds, then move on to learning about the more complex digraphs and trigraphs (Please find a list of terms below) The order of sounds taught follows the Little Wandle scheme of work (see below in downloads for a copy of this). On this page, you will find a list of terminology and resources to help you support your child at home.

Phonics teaching is split into 6 phases:

Phase 1 - Pre school. These are the sounds around us, listening for rhyming sounds etc.

Phase 2 and 3 - Reception

Phase 4 - This  is taught at the end of Reception and the start of Year 1

Phase 5 - Year 1. By the end of year 1, children should be able to recognise and blend all the discreet sounds.

Phase 6 Year 2. This phase looks at alternative spellings of sounds.


Phonics terminology

Phoneme: The unit of sound we hear. We talk about short sound (a) and long sounds (ay).

Grapheme: The visual representation of the sound. This might be a single letter, or a group of letters.

Digraph: Two letters that make 1 sound e.g. oi, ay, ch, th, ow, ng, wh, ee, ou.

Trigraph: Three letters that make 1 sound e.g. igh, air, ear, ure.

Split digraph: Where 'e;' is added at the end of a word, to make the short vowel sound long e.g. pin to pine. The i and the e together make the long sound ie, but have been split by the consonant, Formally known as 'magic e'.

Please download the 'Phonics terminology' document below, for a more detailed list of the terms we use.


Printable resources to help your child at home


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