Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School

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Our Phonics Subject Lead is:

Mrs C. Ripley

Phonics at Nettleworth

Information to support our families:

Here at Nettleworth, we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to support our teaching and learning of phonics.  This is a structured programme which takes children through their phonics learning journey.

Phonics begins with the making of, and hearing of, sounds in the early years, through learning 44+ phonemes (sounds) during Reception and Year 1, leading onto learning more complex spelling strategies in Year 2.

Phonics builds the foundations for children’s independent reading skills and also spelling skills.

Below is a link to a video clip which explains more about phonics, and how it’s used with pupils.

Also, Mrs Ripley has put together a PowerPoint (below)for you to use as a reference point if you ever need support with the terminology to support your child.

Support for Parents and Carers

Follow this link to find videos and information from Little Wandle. It will help you find ways to support your child with their phonics and understand how they are taught phonics at school.


Phonics Screening:

At the end of Year 1, (June) all children have to undertake the Year 1 Phonics Screening.  This is carried out by the class teacher working 1:1 with each child. Children are presented with 40 words to read, some of which are real and some of which are pseudo (made up/fake/'alien') words containing the 40+ phonemes they have learned during their first two years in school.  The pass mark is usually around 32 (but this is always confirmed after the results have been submitted) and children who do not reach this standard will receive extra phonics support in Year 2, and then resit the screening at the end of the following year.

Have a look at the section ‘Phonics for Children’ where you’ll find links to games and fun activities you can use to support your child at home – they are fun too!


Links for ‘Phonics for Children:’

Initial Sounds:

Phonics Bloom:

Family Learning Phonics Games:

Top Marks:

Phase 2:

Phase 3:

Phase 4:

Phase 5:

Phase 6:

Little Wandle Yearly Overview