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Phonics and early reading

Phonics (reading and spelling)

We believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. To support this, we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in 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. As a result, all our children are able to attempt confidently, any unfamiliar words as they read.

At Beecroft, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.


At Beecroft Garden Primary School we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.  We have Phonics and Early Reading lead who drives the early reading programme in our school. The Early Reading Lead  monitors and supports our reading teaching 

Full information on our approach to phonics and early reading can be found here.

How can you support at home?

More information on this approach with ideas for how you can support at home can be found using this link.  

 Reception and Y1 overview