Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery School

Rectory Lane, Watton-At-Stone, Hertfordshire, SG14 3SG

01920 830233


Little wandle letters and sounds

Letters and Sounds

How we teach phonics

 Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write by blending and segmenting individual sounds. Every letter and different combinations of letters make particular sounds for example the letter ‘s’ makes a hissing sound like a snake. At Watton at Stone Primary School we will be using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme from September 2023. 

Children throughout Reception and Key stage 1 take part in daily phonics sessions. These sessions focus on key reading skills such as decoding to read words and segmenting the sounds in a given word to spell. During Phonics lessons we also teach children to read and write ‘tricky words’ also known as ‘sight words.’ These are words that you cannot sound out and children are just expected to remember how to read and write.  


Look here for the Progression of Skills from Reception to Year 1.

Little Wandle Programme Overview for Reception and Year 1

Key terms we use in our teaching:

Glossary of terminology



Phonics Screening Test

Each year, all children in Year 1, in all schools, must take the phonics screening check.  Some children in Year 2 are also required to take the screening check either because they did not take it in Year 1 or because their Year 1 score did not meet the required standard.

The check usually happens in June each year. 

The check will be kept as low key and comfortable as possible for the children and will provide important information about their early reading development. 


We hold a meeting to explain the basics of the screening check before it happens so please look out for the date. At the meeting we will show you examples of the kinds of words your child will need to read and give examples of how you can support your child at home before the screening takes place.


For more information the following link will take you to a website which explains things in more detail:



Phonics Resources

Useful Phonics Websites 
















A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.


A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.


Printable resources for each of the Letters and Sounds phonic phases, also links to games aligned with each phase.


Letter names come up in alphabetical order.


Activities for all phases.


Phonic game with choice of difficulty (some HFWs, some vowel blends, very varied).


Make any words with this useful game.


Useful page which demonstrates pronunciation of all sounds.