Phonics and Early Reading

At TASS, we want all of our children to get the very best start in life & this includes learning to read! We want all of our children to enjoy it, be inspired by it & be able to do it brilliantly!

We’re very proud of our practice in early reading and follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ Phonics scheme which is accredited by the DfE.

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write and helps them hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how the letters sound when they are combined helps children to decode words as they read. Understanding phonics also helps children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters.

For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.

Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out.

For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.

The Curriculum:

Phonics is taught as a daily 30 minute lesson in Reception, Y1 &Y2. Pupils who need additional support with their phonics in Key Stage Two also attend a daily phonics session. Pupils are placed into a ‘phonics group’ based on the phase of phonics they are currently on.

Little Wandle Letters & Sounds:

Your child will learn the different sounds we have in the English Language. Please watch the videos on the site below to support your child with the correct pronunciation. To access the full site, please go to