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Foundation Phonics (Nursery)

St Mary’s Priory uses the scheme Little Wandle to teach children their sounds for reading reading and writing. To find out more about Little Wandle, please click the picture below or click on the Early Reading section of our website. Children start learning their sounds in the Autumn term of Nursery (sound/phoneme only) and continue throughout the EYFS and into Key Stage 1. 

How to help at home

You can help your child's social and emotional development by:

  • Talking with your child and encouraging your child to talk with other children and other adults.
  • Encouraging and supporting your child to play cooperatively with other children.
  • Regularly discussing with your child feelings and the consequences of different actions. 

 You can help your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:

  • Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; visiting the local library and sharing stories with your child.
  • Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
  • Practice the letters and sounds learnt in school. You can also help by sounding out a three letter word (segmenting) using the sounds that they have learnt so far and asking your child to put them back together (blending) to make the word.
  • Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.
  • Play I Spy with your child (good for identifying initial sounds)
  • Phonics website for games Phonics Play UK
  • Watch Alphablocks and discuss the episodes CBeebies Alphablocks
  • Watch Numberblocks and discuss the episodes  CBeebies Numberblocks

There are some useful websites to support learning at home within the EYFS below or please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions about the curriculum.

Little Wandle have created videos and documents containing the lyrics, to the nursery rhymes they will be learning during their time in our Nursery.

Please click below

Nursery Rhyme lyrics

Nursery Rhyme videos