Little Wandle - Ravens Academy 

At Reginald Mitchell it is essential that our approach to teaching phonics and reading is accessible to all learners, regardless of background and that it promotes and fosters a life-long love of reading from the very beginning of their school journey.

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.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.

We ensure that children progress in their phonic knowledge through:

  • Daily phonic sessions
  • Phonics being promoted as a tool to help children decode words to read and spell
  • To support letter formation and spelling we use the Little Wandle rhymes to help children find and form the sounds they need when writing.
  • Children are encouraged to use and apply their phonic knowledge in independent work, guided writing sessions and  group reading 3 times a week.
  • Regular assessments which are then used to inform planning and cover gaps
  • Clear, high expectations and time scales are set within the progression of phonics - interventions are put into place for those children not meeting the expectations set. Keep up not catch up approach is led through our school.
  • Reading books support and are closely matched to each child's phonological awareness and level of development.

Click below for the RM Phonics and Early Reading Policy

Please click here for a copy of our Phonics and Early Reading parents' workshop PowerPoint


Children’s progress is continually reviewed and formally assessed every 6 weeks.

The national Phonics screening check is performed in June of Year 1. Prior to this, the Year 1 phonics workshop gives parents information about how they can support their children at home with phonics. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in year 1 enter again in year 2 with additional support. As children enter KS2, provision is made for those children still requiring daily phonics.

So, you now know there  is Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, but what is it? How is it scored? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we as parents/carers help our children prepare for it?

What is the phonics screening? click here

How to help your child prepare for the screening and boost confidence - click here

If you prefer a video with information all about the phonic screening check - check this out!