Phonics for Parents

Here are links to help you practise the sounds with your children at home. The documents outline how to say the sounds and how to write them.

Phase 2 (set 1) - phrases and formation

Phase 2 (set 2) - phrases and formation

Phase 3 - phrases and formation 

How to write capital letters

All chidlren will work towards developing their reaidng and writing, using Little Wandle, in Reception and Year 1. Children in other year groups will also be supported in developing their reading and writing skills in Little Wandle keep-up sessions. The overview of how we teach phonics can be found here

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

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You also have access to the e-library so that you can practice reading at home too. You can log on to your child's account here. If you do not have you account information, please contact your child's class teacher. 

Sharing books

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!


There is further information for parent on the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised website. 


These three videos show you how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. Use the downloadable information to help your child remember how to write their letters and say their sounds.