Spelling & Phonics
In the Foundation Stage and Year 1, spelling is taught through daily, discrete, phonics lessons using the 'Little Wandle' revised program. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds (revised) is a complete systematic synthetic phonics program (SSP) developed for schools by schools. It is based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised in 2021 to provide a complete teaching program meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their own phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children from the age of 5, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age 7.
Read, Write, Inc
From Year 2, children are taught spelling through the Read Write Inc spelling scheme. Information about this scheme and practical advice for parents can be found here:
In addition, children take part in spelling investigations and games to consolidate their understanding of spelling conventions.
Children following the Read Write Inc scheme each have a spelling log book to be taken home every day so that they can practise regularly. They may also be given additional word lists, linked with their Read Write Inc lessons, to share with parents and guardians.