Upton Snodsbury C of E First School

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Upton Snodsbury C of E First School, School Lane, Worcester, Worcestershire WR7 4NH


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Upton Snodsbury C of E First School

"Where a love of learning grows"

  1. Our Curriculum
  2. Phonics and Early Reading

Phonics and Early Reading

Phonics describes decoding words by recognising the symbols (graphemes) we use to represent sounds (phonemes) Sometimes several letters can make just one sound (ar, igh,) and sometimes a letter can make more than one sound (think how many different sounds can be represented by 'a'!


Phonics teaching develops the attitudes and abilities and rules which produce skilful and adaptable speakers, readers and writers. We teach Phonics at Upton Snodsbury throughout reception and Key Stage One.


In school we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) . It is based on the original Letters and Sounds and it provides a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum.


Click here for an overview of what your child will be taught during Reception and Year 1.


The links below will show you how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.



Reception Autumn 1 sound
Reception Autumn 2 sounds
Reception Spring 1 sounds
Year 1 Autumn 2 sounds


These four videos show you how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. Use the downloadable information to help your child remember how to write their letters and say their sounds.


Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

Phase 5 sounds taught in Y1


Through Little Wandle, the children will complete tailored reading sessions at school too.


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 will bring home:


A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.


The children will also have access to the school library.


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!


Click here for a video about reading with your child.

Click here for a copy of the parent presentation that we shared as part of our phonics workshop.