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Nottingham Primary Academy

Phonics

Little Wandle Intent

At Nottingham Academy Primary, 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.

We start teaching phonics in Nursery and 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.

Children continue to be taught using the Little Wandle programme in year 1 and into year 2 if they did not reach the required standard in the year 1 phonics screening test.

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Nottingham Academy, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lessons and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.