Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School

Phonics and Early Reading

At Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary we know how important it is for parents and teachers to work together to give your child the best start. Reading together at home is one of the most effective and important ways in which you can help your child. Children should be encouraged to enjoy sharing books and read independently, as well as reading with an adult. This not only supports children’s progression in reading, but leads to them seeing reading as a source of pleasure and interest. To support your child in becoming an effective and confident reader we hope to work with you to develop their knowledge of phonics to enable them to decode different words they may come across.


At Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary ‘Letters & Sounds - Little Wandle’ is the chosen accredited programme used to teach phonics, high frequency words and to support early reading development. 

The ‘Little Wandle' scheme is split into 6 phases:

  • Phase 1 is introduced in the Nursery
  • Phases 2 and 3 are introduced in Reception
  • Phases 4 and 5 are introduced in Year 1
  • Phase 6 is introduced in Year 2.

In EYFS and KS1 your child will be taught phonics every day. Alongside the teaching of phonics, every child will be provided with daily opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge and skills in reading and spelling.

More information about Little Wandle can be found at this website:


Phonics workshops

We were delighted to have so many family members in school with us during our phonics workshops in the Autumn term. The slides that were shared with families can be found below:



Here are some of the key terms you may come across when reading "Letters and Sounds" and finding out more about phonics:

Phoneme - a sound as it is said

Grapheme - a sound that is written

Digraph- two letters that work together to make the same sound

Trigraph - Three letters that work together to make the same sound

Split digraph - Two letters that work together to make the same sound, separated by another letter