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Parents Guide to Phonics

At Mersey Drive Community Primary School, we teach Phonics through a scheme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.
This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. It is based on the original Letters and Sounds, but has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme which meets all the expectations of the National Curriculum.
Phonics is taught daily for children working at Phases 1 - 5, and from Phase 2, these children have an additional 3 reading practise sessions per week, to help build fluency in decoding.
Below is the link to the 'For Parents' section of the Little Wandle website. 
The resources on this page will help you support your child saying the phonemes (sounds) and writing the graphemes (letters).
There are also useful videos so you can see how your child is taught at school, to be able to confidently support their reading at home. 
See below the programme overview for Reception and Year 1.
Grapheme Mats Phase 2 and 3
Grapheme Mats Phase 2, 3 and 5

What is the phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check in Year 2 so that we can track children until they are able to decode.

The screening check is for all Year 1 pupils and children in Year 2 who previously did not meet the standard of the check in Year 1. It is a statutory requirement to carry out the screening check. It will be a short, simple screening check to make sure that all children have grasped fundamental phonic skills. It comprises a list of 40 words and non-words, which a child will read one-to-one with a teacher. 

Here are some links to fantastic websites with lots of free resources to help you work with your child to build and develop their phonics knowledge and skills:

A Guide for Parents.pdf