At Riddlesden, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers. 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/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.
What is taught and when?
How to say the phonemes
Books coming home
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 will bring home:
A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. 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. This book is for you both 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 – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
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!
More ways to help at home
Please do access the video links we send via Ping. These videos have been created by our trained Little Wandle staff and will support your child in recognising the grapheme's they have been learning at school.
When listening to your child to read their phonics book, encourage them to read with fluency (this is when children do not say each letter sound and then blend to read the word), they will be familiar with this phrase from school.
Ask your child to use their 'story teller voice', this is when we add expression to the words and sentences we read. Children will have practiced this at school too.
Finally, share your thoughts and opinions on the book, ask your child to do the same. Is there any vocabulary they need explaining to them? You could also ask them a couple of questions to check their understanding.
You can now purchase Little Wandle grapheme flash cards to use at home. These can be bought from Amazon and are called 'Little Wandle at Home'. Please speak to Miss R Halliday if you need any further support with this.
Check out the Little Wandle 'Everybody Read' document below for some more tips.