Our Approach

At Twyford C of E School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme designed to teach children to read from Reception to Year 2, using the skill of decoding and blending sounds together to form words. The programme provides a full progression through all the commonly occurring grapheme, phoneme correspondences (GPCs) to ensure children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell with increasing fluency.

We value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us we want for them to read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Through a rigorous, systematic and synthetic phonics programme our readers become equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.

Please access the Little Wandle website to find more information. The ‘For Parents’ section provides videos of how to pronounce the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds and how we teach the reading of words.

Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge. It was introduced for all Year 1 pupils in the country and is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills needed to accurately decode words.

The phonics assessment comprises of a list of 40 words that children read one-to-one with a teacher. The list is a combination of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense or non-words) which rely purely on using phonics to decode.

The assessment takes place every year in June. Those children who do not achieve the expected level will be required to retake the test the following year.

Please access the links below to find an example phonics check and parent information letter with further details.

Pronunciation Guides: