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Lambton Village
Tyne And Wear
NE38 0PL

0191 481 3993

Phonics/Early Reading

At Lambton Primary School, we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.

At Lambton, phonics begins in nursery and is implemented using ‘Little Wandle Foundations for phonics’.  We provide a balance of child-led and adult-led experiences that meet the curriculum expectations for ‘communication and language’ and ‘literacy’.  We ensure that Nursery children are well prepared to begin learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences and blending in Reception.


Phonics sessions are taught daily in Reception and year 1, and we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised expectations of progress

  • Children in Reception are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 GPCs, and words with adjacent consonants (Phase 4) with fluency and accuracy.
  • Children in Year 1 review Phase 3 and 4 and are taught to read and spell words using Phase 5 GPCs with fluency and accuracy. Children in year 1 are prepared for their Phonics Screening Check.


We timetable daily phonics lessons for any child in Year 2 or 3 who is not fully fluent at reading or has not passed the Phonics Screening Check.


If any child in Year 3 to 6 has gaps in their phonic knowledge when reading or writing, we plan phonics catch-up lessons to address specific reading/writing gaps. These short, sharp lessons last 10 minutes and take place at least three times a week.


Click here for some useful videos to demonstrate how we teach skills in phonics lessons following the Little Wandlee programme.


 To support reading across the school, we use the Accelerated Reader programme.


Our Phonics/Early Reading policy can be found here.