Phonics and Reading


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised



Engaging parents with their child’s phonics learning is key to their success.  Please read our advice on engaging families with home reading which is below.

NEW: Little Wandle have also created a PowerPoint presentation for parents and carers, plus accompanying notes which highlight the things parents need to know. Open the presentation using the link below, please make sure you click ‘enable media’ so that the links to our YouTube films work properly.

Share the programme overview with your parents so they can see how their child is learning to read.

Supporting parents with Reception children

The two grapheme information sheets explain how to say each of the Phase 2 sounds. They also explain how to write each grapheme with correct letter formation. Download and send these home at the beginning of each Autumn term so parents can support their child at home. The two accompanying Phase 2 sounds taught in Autumn videos can be used to help parents as well. The third video shows parents how to say the Phase 3 sounds, which Reception children learn in the Spring term. Please follow the YouTube link to access the Little Wandle YouTube page.


Little Wandle Website- Information for Parents

Youtube link to resources. This is a very useful link with videos showing parents how to pronounce all sounds.

Phonics resources for parents

Pronunciation_guide_Autumn_2.pdf .pdf
Pronunciation_guide_Autumn_1.pdf .pdf
LS_Grapheme_info_sheet_Phase_3_Spring_1.pdf .pdf
NEW_LS_PowerPoint_for_parents_presentation_.ppsm .ppsm
Programme_Overview_Reception_and_Year_1_1.pdf .pdf
LS_PowerPoint_for_parents_presentation_notes.pdf .pdf

Reading at home

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!


Reading for Pleasure, Early Language development and Foundations for Phonics