Phonics and Early Reading

At Eliot Bank, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers.

This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.

We start teaching phonics in Nursery / Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read.

Further to this, we model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

At Eliot Bank, we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.

To find out more about how we phonics and early reading please read our Phonics and Early Reading Policy which can be accessed using the link below.

Phonics and Early Reading Policy
Collins Big Cat ebooks

Children will be assigned reading books using the Collins Big Cat ebook library.  You can access your child's phonetically-decodable book by clicking on the Collins Big Cat ebook Libary logo (on left of the screen).

If you have misplaced your child's login, please contact the school office.

 Support for Parents

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. A full overview of the programme for Reception and Year 1 is available bia the link below

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds: Reception and Year 1 Overview

How to Say the Sounds

How We Teach Blending

How We Teach Tricky Words

How We Teach Phase 5 (Year 1)

A Quick Guide to Alien Words

In June, in Year 1, pupils will sit the Government's Phonics Screening Check. This check contains 40 words which are a mixture of real words and pseudo-words (also known as alien words). These words check a pupil's knowledge of the graphemes that they have been taught. The purpose of the alien words is to assess whether a pupil can recognise a grapheme in any word, rather than a word they are familiar with.