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Phonics

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised 2021: Programme Progression
Reception and Year 1 Overviews


This programme overview shows the progression of GPCs and tricky words that we teach term-by-term. The progression has been organised so that children are taught from the simple to more complex GPCs, as well as taking into account the frequency of their occurrence in the most commonly encountered words. All the graphemes taught are practised in words, sentences, and later on, in 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. Children need to learn to read as quickly as reasonably possible, so they can move from learning to read, to reading to learn, giving them access to the treasure house of reading. Our expectations of progression are aspirational yet achievable if schools maintain pace, practice and participation by all children. Children who are not keeping-up with their peers should be given additional practice immediately through keep-up sessions.

 

Reception

Autumn 1 Phase 2 graphemesNew tricky words
s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f lis I the

 

Autumn 2 Phase 2 graphemesNew tricky words
ff ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng nk
• words with –s /s/ added at the end (hats sits)
• words ending –s /z/ (his) and with –s /z/ added at the end
(bags)
put* pull* full* as and has his her go no to into she
push* he of we me be

*The tricky words ‘put’, ‘pull’, ‘full’ and ‘push’ may not be tricky in some regional pronunciations; in which case, they should not be
treated as such.

 

Spring 1 Phase 3 graphemesNew tricky words
ai ee igh oa oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear air er
• words with double letters
• longer words
was you they my by all are sure pure

 

Spring 2 Phase 3 graphemesNo new tricky words
Review Phase 3
• longer words, including those with double letters
• words with –s /z/ in the middle
• words with –es /z/ at the end
• words with –s /s/ and /z/ at the end
Review all taught so far

 

Summer 1 Phase 4New tricky words
Short vowels with adjacent consonants
• CVCC CCVC CCVCC CCCVC CCCVCC
• longer words and compound words
• words ending in suffixes:
–ing, –ed /t/, –ed /id/ /ed/, –est
said so have like some come love do were here little
says there when what one out today

 

Summer 2 Phase 4 graphemesNo new tricky words
Phase 3 long vowel graphemes with adjacent consonants
• CVCC CCVC CCCVC CCV CCVCC
• words ending in suffixes:
–ing, –ed /t/, –ed /id/ /ed/, –ed /d/ –er, –est
• longer words and compound words
Review all taught so far

 

Year 1 

Autumn 1Review tricky words Phases 2–4
Review Phase 3 and 4
Phase 5
/ai/ ay play
/ow/ ou cloud
/oi/ oy toy
/ea/ ea each
their people oh your
Mr Mrs Ms ask*
could would should our
house mouse water want

*The tricky words ‘put’, ‘pull’, ‘full’ and ‘push’ may not be tricky in some regional pronunciations; in which case, they should not be
treated as such.

 

Autumn 2 Phase 5 graphemesNew tricky words
/ur/ ir bird
/igh/ ie pie
/oo/ /yoo/ ue blue rescue
/yoo/ u unicorn
/oa/ o go
/igh/ i tiger
/ai/ a paper
/ee/ e he
/ai/ a-e shake
/igh/ i-e time
/oa/ o-e home
/oo/ /yoo/ u-e rude cute
/ee/ e-e these
/oo/ /yoo/ ew chew new
/ee/ ie shield
/or/ aw claw
their people oh your
Mr Mrs Ms ask*
could would should our
house mouse water want

*The tricky word ‘ask’ may not be tricky in some regional pronunciations; in which case, it should not be treated as such.

 

Spring 1 Phase 5 graphemesNew tricky words
/ee/ y funny
/e/ ea head
/w/ wh wheel
/oa/ oe ou toe shoulder
/igh/ y fly
/oa/ ow snow
/j/ g giant
/f/ ph phone
/l/ le al apple metal
/s/ c ice
/v/ ve give
/u/ o-e o ou some mother young
/z/ se cheese
/s/ se ce mouse fence
/ee/ ey donkey
/oo/ ui ou fruit soup
any many again
who whole where two
school call different
thought through friend work

 

Spring 2 Phase 5 graphemesNew tricky words
/ur/ or word
/oo/ u oul awful could
/air/ are share
/or/ au aur oor al author dinosaur floor walk
/ch/ tch ture match adventure
/ar/ al a half* father*
/or/ a water
schwa in longer words: different
/o/ a want
/air/ ear ere bear there
/ur/ ear learn
/r/ wr wrist
/s/ st sc whistle science
/c/ ch school
/sh/ ch chef
/z/ ze freeze
schwa at the end of words: actor
once laugh because eye

*The tricky words ‘half’ and ‘father’ may not be pronounced as this in some regional pronunciations; in which case, they should
not be treated as such.

 

Summer 1: Phonics screening check review – no new GPCs or tricky words

Summer 2 Phase 5 graphemesNew tricky words
/ai/ eigh aigh ey ea eight straight grey break
/n/ kn gn knee gnaw
/m/ mb thumb
/ear/ ere eer here deer
/zh/ su si treasure vision
/j/ dge bridge
/i/ y crystal
/j/ ge large
/sh/ ti ssi si ci potion mission mansion delicious
/or/ augh our oar ore daughter pour oar more
busy beautiful pretty hour
move improve parents shoe

 

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