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At St Mary Magdalene we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to teach phonics in the Early Years and KS1.    


In Nursery, children engage daily in Phase 1 activities. These activities support the children to learn new vocabulary and to develop speaking and listening skills.  

In Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught daily for 20-30 minutes.  Each lesson includes an opportunity to review previously learned skills, practise oral blending and teach new phonemes/graphemes to support children to read new words.  


Phonic assessments are made half termly in Reception and Year 1. 


In the Summer term, children in Year 1 will sit the Phonics Screening Check. 


What does the Phonics curriculum look like? 

The document below outlines the skills and knowledge that will be taught each half term in Reception and Year 1. 

How can I help at home? 

Follow the link below to the parents section of the Little Wandle website. Here you will find further information to help you support your child with their phonics at home.