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Early Reading and Phonics


Here at Peterbrook, we use the 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' progression to develop our young readers in Reception and Year 1. 


Please clink the link below for the overview of what your child/children will be learning and when as they progress through the programme.


Little Wandle Programme Overview

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:


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 with your children

A little bit of support from us to help inspire and motivate your children whilst reading at home :)

Please see the videos below for an insight into how phonics is taught within our school and some support videos to show you the sounds that are taught at various stages of the programme:

How we teach blending

How we teach tricky words

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

Tel: +44(0)121 4302545