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Learning to read and write at Thurston CE Primary Academy

In the first instance, we teach your child how to read and write using phonics.  Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letter groups). 

At Thurston, we use the Little Wandle Phonics Scheme to help your child learn. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

You will mostly hear your children talking about Phases 2 and 3 in Reception and Phases 3, 4 and 5 in Year 1. Their phonics learning, however, will continue to be applied in Year 2 and throughout their journey at school.

Click here to visit the Little Wandle parents page to find out more about phonics and watch some support videos

How to pronounce the phonics sounds

It’s incredibly important that children are taught to pronounce phonics sounds accurately to allow them to blend to read with confidence. This brilliant video tells you how to pronounce all of the sounds in Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonics. 

When your child moves onto Phase 5 in Year 1, the sounds are pronounced in the same way as these ones but they are alternative spellings e.g. /aw/ and /au/ in Phase 5 would sound the same as /or/ in this video.