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Phonics teaching at The Brent is fundamental to learning to read and write.

Curriculum Intent

Pupils should be taught to read fluently, following a systematic and effective phonics strategy and develop a love of reading and books. Phonics is a fundamental to learning to read and write. Therefore, at The Brent School, we have high quality daily phonics lessons in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 that are reviewed and adapted accordingly.


In Year R, we teach phonics using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised and we will continue teaching and learning with this programme as the children transition into Year 1 and Year 2.

We have just begun our journey with this year with Little Wandle in Year R. Therefore, currently in Year 1 we continue to teach phonics using the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme. We supplement this with other high quality phonic schemes and resources such as Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play.

The organisation of Phonics teaching across The Brent School varies within each Year group.  Approaches to teaching phonics are reviewed and refreshed regularly according to the developing needs of each cohort and class of children.

Our objectives are:

  • To have timetabled phonics lessons in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.
  • For phonics lessons to follow either Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised in Year R or the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds publication in Year 1 and 2, which is further supported through other high quality phonic schemes (e.g. Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play).
  • To assess regularly and, when appropriate, group children for their appropriate phase of learning (using Phonics Tracker as our Assessment tool).
  • To develop a good knowledge of phonemes and graphemes.
  • To be able to blend phonemes to decode (read) a word.
  • To be able to segment and blend to be able to spell a word.
  • To be able to transfer the skills from phonics into everyday learning.
  • To be confident with segmenting and blending pseudo (alien / made up) words in preparation for the statutory Year One phonics screening.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds is divided into five Phases that are taught throughout EYFS and KS1. This is shown in our Progression in Skills document. Please see the Little Wandle website for more information.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds is divided into six Phases that are taught throughout EYFS and KS1. This is shown in our Progression in Skills document.

Phonics Screening Check

At the end of Year 1 the children will take part in the Government’s Year One Phonics Screening Check. You can read more about this here.

Resources to support early development of reading, writing and phonics at home

  • Giving children responsibility – shopping lists, notes for family members, cards and letters, diaries 
  • Experimenting with paper and pens
  • Role play – cooking recipes, menus, signs on small world toys
  • Finger games – lacing, threading, tweezers with pasta and seeds
  • Playdough
  • Patterns and tracing
  • Writing in sand, flour or glitter
  • Magic writing – with water in a bucket and a paintbrush on the pavement.?
  • Write a message and then watch it disappear
  • Shaving foam
  • Gloop (cornflour, food colouring and water)
  • Chalk
  • Chunky pencils, crayons and pens
  • Magnetic letters and a baking tray
  • Foam bath letters
  • Magazines, picture books and bedtime stories 


Support sound pronunciation at home using the video below:


Useful websites and online games to support your child’s phonics development at home


We believe that using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised and Letters and Sounds, enhanced with high quality phonics resources and progression through the phases, will ensure that our children have secure foundation of phonological knowledge and understanding to build their feature learning upon. Regular assessments, fluid grouping of children and working with parents ensure children maximise their potential.