Phonics

At Whitehall Park School we have a very clear vision for Phonics. To get every child reading. We do this by teaching Phonics daily through small targeted groups.

Our systematic synthetic Phonics programme is Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.

All staff are trained in this programme and receive ongoing weekly training with the Reading Lead. This model enables all adults to become highly skilled, expert reading teachers that continue to develop their practice. All planning, environments and strategies are completely consistent across the team.

Children are taught a minimum of four sounds a week and apply this within word reading and spelling. Children are assessed every half term by designated assessment leads. The lowest 20% receive daily, systematic interventions by trained intervention teachers. This ensures these children make accelerated progress and no child is left behind. Children receive daily decodable reading sessions in small targeted groups to ensure they are continually applying their phonological understanding. They are then able to take these books home to develop their fluency and confidence.