In Nursery and Reception, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP). We start teaching phonics in Nursery and Reception, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

In Nursery children will look at Phase 1. 

Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. Once they are ready, they will move onto Phase 2 learning single sounds. 

In Reception, children will look at Phase 2-4.

Children entering Phase Two will have experienced a wealth of listening activities, including songs, stories and rhymes. ... The purpose of this phase is to teach at least 19 letters, and move children on from oral blending and segmentation to blending and segmenting with letters.

During Phase 3, children will also learn the letter names and continue to consolidate the sounds learnt in Phase 2. In Phase 3, children will learn: j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, quConsonant digraphs - ch, sh, th, ngVowel digraphs and trigraphs - ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er.

Children entering Phase Four will be able to represent each of 42 phonemes by a grapheme, and be able to blend phonemes to read CVC words and segment CVC words for spelling. ... They will know letter names and be able to read and spell some tricky words.

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