At Corbett, we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP).

This is a fully comprehensive programme, in which children start learning single letter sounds in the Autumn term of their Reception year and build progressively throughout Foundation Two and Year 1. The programme prepares children for the statutory phonics screening that takes place at the end of Year 1.

Phonics is taught every day and children learn to apply their phonics skills in reading practice sessions three times a week, developing fluency and comprehension skills along the way.

For more information, please see the Parents section of the Little Wandle website. The resources on this page will help you to support your child with saying their phonemes (sounds) and writing their graphemes (letters). There are also useful videos that show how your child is taught at school, enabling you to confidently support their reading at home.


Little Wandle information on home reading

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

  • A reading practice book; this will be at the correct phonic stage for your child, and they should be able to read this fluently and independently
  • A sharing book; your child will not be able to read this on their own, and is for both of you to read and enjoy together

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy, as your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise and celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!