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Welcome to Saplings Class


Little Wandle Overview

Little Wandle Phonics

The DFE accredited Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme is the scheme that we use to teach phonics at Halstead. 

Children are taught phonics as part of a whole class, we then assess each child to identify who needs extra phonics intervention to keep up and close the gaps. 

Children in Year 1 will recap the simple GPCs from phase 3 before they more to complex GPCs. All the graphemes taught are practised in words, sentences, and fully decodable books. Children review and revise GPCs and words, daily, weekly and across terms and years, in order to move this knowledge into their long-term memory.

Little Wandle Reading

Your child will be bringing home a reading practice book matched to their phonic stage and will be fully decodable. Your child should be able to read the practice book independently and fluently without any significant help. These books will be issued to your child on Monday and must be returned on a Thursday.

To help foster a love of reading, each Friday your child will also be taking a book home that they can share and enjoy with you. Please share this book with your child, reading it to or with them as they will not yet be able to read it independently.


Photo Gallery

Saplings went on a school trip to the Florence Nightingale museum as part of their learning of People of the Past. Have a look at some of the pictures from their day at the museum.