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At Norwich Road Academy, we aspire for all of our children to become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. We believe this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching, combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘love of reading’ culture.

The Rose Report (2006) emphasised high quality phonics as an important part of the word decoding skills required by children to develop higher-level whole language and comprehension skills. This approach is in alignment with our belief that we first ‘learn to read’ and then ‘read to learn’.

Bold Beginnings (2017) stated that “All primary schools should make sure that the teaching of reading, including systematic synthetic phonics, is the core purpose of the Reception Year.”

This policy is aimed at reinforcing a consistent, high quality approach to the teaching of Phonics across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage One and on into Key Stage Two for children who still need this further support.

Our chosen accredited phonics scheme is Little Wandle Letters & Sounds. This link gives an introduction and resources which will help support your child saying their sounds and writing their letters: Little Wandle Letters & Sounds


Little Wandle  at Home

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. Find our full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.