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Lyndhurst Infant School

Lyndhurst Infant School


At Lyndhurst Infant School we use the 'Letters and Sounds' program as the basis for our phonics teaching. This splits the different aspects of phonics that need to be taught into 'Phases'. An overview of what is taught in each phase can be found here.

EYFS have just begun to use a new phonics programme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which follows the same principle of Letters and Sounds but with different mnemonics and more decodable books. 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 CVCC, e.g. must, felt. Short vowels with CCVC, e.g. stop, clap. Short vowels with CCVCC, CCCVC, CCCVCC, e.g. crisp, blend, crunch, scrap, splat, scrunch, string, sprint. Longer words and compound words, e.g. blanket, blossom, windmill, sandpit. Root words with -ing, -ed, -est, e.g. bumping, bumped, smashed, strongest. 

Year 1

In year 1 the children will revise phase 3 and 4 in the autumn term and then move onto phase 5 in the spring term, which consist of:

ay, a-e, (eigh, ey, a), ea, e-e, ie, y, ie, i-e, y, i, ow (snow), o-e, oe, o, u-e, ue, ew, ou, oy, aw, au, wh, ph,  


This is the link to Little Wandle Letters and Sounds website page with more information for parents:      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. 

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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