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Lyndhurst Infant School

Lyndhurst Infant School


At Lyndhurst Infant School we use 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised', for our phonics teaching. 


Your children will be learning the following letters and sounds (four a week), in this order:

Phase 2 (autumn 1): s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, l

Phase 2 (autumn 2): ff, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, nk + words with 's' added at the end, e.g. hats, sits

Phase 3 (spring 1): ai, ee, high, oa, oo, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er + words with double letters dd, mm, tt, bb, rr, gg, pp, ff

Phase 4 (summer1): Short vowels with adjacent consonants, e.g. must, felt, stop, slept, etc.  Longer words and compound words, e.g. blanket, blossom, windmill, sandpit. Root words with -ing, -ed, -est, e.g. bumping, bumped, smashed, strongest. 

Phase 4 (summer 2): Phase 3 long vowel graphemes with adjacent consonants, e.g. start, greet, three, etc. Words ending in suffixes, -ing, -ed (t), -ed (id/ed), -ed (d), -est. Longer words, e.g. balloon, appear, perfect, etc.

Year 1

In year 1, the children will revise phase 3 and 4 in the first half of the autumn term and then move onto phase 5 from week 4. 

The order for phase 5 in the autumn term, is as follows:

ay, ou, oy, ea (each), ir, ie, ue (blue), u (unicorn), o (go), i (tiger), a (paper), e (he), a-e (shake), i-e (time), o-e (home), u-e (rude), e-e (these), ew (chew), aw (claw)

Phase 5 continues in the spring term:

y (funny), ea (head), wh (wheel), oe (toe), ou (shoulder), y (fly), ow (snow), g (giant), ph (phone), le (apple), al (metal), c (ice), ve (give), o-e (some), o (mother), ou (young), se (cheese), se (mouse), ce (fence), ey (donkey), ui (fruit), ou (soup), or (word), u (awful), foul (could), are (share), au (author), aur (dinosaur), poor (floor), al (walk), tch (match), ture (adventure), al (half), a (father), a (water), a (want), ear (bear), ere (there), ear (learn), wr (wrist), st (whistle), sc (science), ch (school), ch (chef), ze (freeze)

Summer 1 is revision - phonics screening check. 

Phase 5 continues into Summer 2:

eigh (eight), aigh (straight), ey (grey), ea (break), kn (knee), gn (gnaw), mb (thumb), ere (here), beer (deer), su (treasure), si (vision), edge (bridge), y (crystal), ge (large), ti (potion), ssi (mission), si (mansion), ci (delicious), augh (daughter), our (pour), oar (oar), ore (more).

For more information regarding Little Wandle, please click on the link below.     

Here you will find information on how to pronounce the individual sounds and digraphs and short videos on how we teach phonics at school. There are also documents on how to support your child on writing the letters. 

Year 2

All children will recap Phase 5 from summer 1 of the year 1 programme. This will give the children time to consolidate and revise their previous learning, whilst giving some children time to 'catch-up'.

From the Spring term some children will continue to receive daily support for their phonics. 

All children will be developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills, according to the National Curriculum. 

Phonic Screener

In the Summer term, Year 1 children are required to sit the 'Phonic Screening Check'. This is a short reading test made up of phonically decodable words, some of which are real and some of which are 'alien' or made up words. This 'Sound Families Mat' shows the main di- and trigraphs that children will need to recognise and read as part of a word.

Pronunciation Guide:

Please click on the picture below to watch a short  video showing how to pronounce some English phonic sounds. If this link doesn't work, try searching for 'articulation of phonemes' on YouTube or a search engine.


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