English & Phonics

At The Federation of Spixworth Schools we will inspire every child through words.  Through engagement in language rich classrooms we will open worlds of opportunity.  High quality texts will develop enthusiastic writers where experimentation with words is supported alongside development of skills in the technicalities of writing.  Our children will communicate in all its forms with a pleasure and passion that will open doors, across subjects, to the possibility of realising endless dreams and lifelong learning.

At the Federation of Spixworth Schools we follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our systematic, synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling. 

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have daily interactive phonics/ spelling sessions where they are taught each of the 40+ phonemes (sounds) and how these are recorded (graphemes) in words for reading and writing.

At the end of Year 1 the children undergo a phonics screening check.  We have excellent outcomes in phonics. Please see our Outcomes section under Key Information to view our most recent results.

Please view our September Parent workshop about the scheme and what you can expect from us Sept 2023 Teaching reading and spelling in Year R/ 1/2

As children move into KS2 we continue to support them using the familiar Little Wandle resources and phrases/ language.

For those children in Year 2 and beyond who find reading/ writing tricky we provide targeted support using the Little Wandle Rapid Catch up programme. Please view our Parent workshop about Rapid Catch up for more information.

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The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying the sounds and writing their letters.