Early Reading

Teaching Children How to Read

At Crook Primary School we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to teach children how to read. Children will start the programme in their first few weeks in school and continue to receive a daily phonics lesson until the end of year 1.  Children are assessed nationally at the end of year 1 through a Phonics Screen Check (PSC). Some children who need additional support will continue to learn phonics in year 2 and beyond. 

The programme has an e-library to support reading at home.  You can find more information about how to access the e-library under the children's section of our website.

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully.


They are taught how to:

♦ recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
♦ identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
♦ blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.


Useful Resources

Below are a number of resources which may help parents and carers to support their child with their phonics at home

Click below to look at how we teach children how to pronounce each of the sounds (phonemes) and the formation phrase for forming the letter (grapheme) 


Click below to read how we teach letter formation


Click below for a glossary of terms used when teaching your child to read

Click below to see what sounds (phonemes) we are teaching each term in reception and year 1.

Further information and some useful how to videos can be found on the Little Wandle website, click below: