At Franche, we follow the “Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revisted” scheme to teach phonics. We will be using the scheme’s resources to support our teaching in class. There is lots of useful information online to support you and your child at home. These resources can be found at:  

There are some useful videos demonstrating the articulation of sounds and an overview of the progression of the programme.  

We involve our parents throughout the year through a variety of activities, including parent workshops, family learning, stay and share sessions and fun phonics mornings.  

We will be assessing the children against the scheme and this will determine their new book band colour. Please note that some children may come home with a different colour book than they were at the end of last year. This is nothing to be concerned about and is in line with the Little Wandle scheme.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

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Reading in Early Years

Chatting away in funny voices as you flick through picture books, enjoying reading eBooks together, making up your own stories and singing nursery rhymes can all spark a love for reading. It is during Early Years that your child will start identifying tricky words, sounds and even blending sounds to read words.

We spend lots of time looking at the pictures in books, making up our own stories to go with the pictures and tracking the words before we start the real ‘reading’. When we are ready, we then apply our phonics knowledge to blend the sounds which enable us to read.

To support your child when reading at home, encourage them to talk about the illustrations and make predictions about what might happen next. Always ask your child to point to the words (tracking) they are reading to ensure they don’t lose their place on the page. This will also help them understand sentence structure and that words, in the right order, make a sentence.

Even from the start of a child’s learning journey at Franche, we ask every child to read five times a week, and be a Reader Every Day (RED), to promote a love for reading. This might involve you reading a story to your child, making up your own story or listening to your child read (when they are ready). The children are rewarded for Reading Every Day and their photo is then displayed on the ‘Wall of Fame’ a is always a great feeling for a little one!

Throughout Reception we have a large focus on being able to read tricky words. These are words that we cannot sound out, and simply have to recognise. Here is a picture of the tricky words we learn in Reception. We aim to know all of Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words by the end of the year (even better if we can identify more).

We also know that being able to quickly identify sounds and tricky words enables a child to become a confident reader. You might like to show them flashcards with sounds on and see how many they can get correct, splat the tricky word or even play a game of snap with the sounds or tricky words! The quicker they become at identifying the sounds and tricky words – the better! 

Vist our YouTube channel to see how much our staff love reading!

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