Monksdown Primary School

Monksdown Primary School

Phonics and Spelling At Monksdown



Key Documents and Homework

Phonics At Monksdown – Little Wandle Programme Progression

Reception Autumn 1 Homework

Reception Autumn 2 Homework

Reception Spring 1 Homework

Reception Spring 2 Homework

Reception Summer 1 Homework

Reception Summer 2 Homework

Year 1 Autumn 1 Homework

Year 1 Autumn 2 Homework

Year 1 Spring 1 Homework

Year 1 Spring 2 Homework

Year 1 Summer 1 Homework

Year 1 Summer 2 Homework

Our Vision

At Monksdown Primary School we believe every child should have the chance to become happy, fluent readers. Therefore, Phonics is taught though a highly structured programme of daily lessons across EYFS/KS1 using a variety of fun activities. This takes the form of differentiated groups according to developmental need and whole class teaching. Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practice together and apply what they have learned. 

Phonics – every day and straight away!

We use follow “Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised” which is a phonics programme validated by the Department for Education.

Please click on the image to see the parent videos from Little Wandle


How we teach – video help How to pronounce the sounds

The teachers plan lessons using a synthetic approach to teaching ‘pure sounds’ and the skills of segmenting and blending. Most importantly, lessons are planned according to the children’s need to help develop their love of reading and writing.


Reading – Fully Phonetically Decodable Books

Our children are assessed carefully by their teachers. We then carefully match the phonetic ability of the children to a fully phonetically decodable book which is of their current phonetic level.


At Monksdown, we use the ‘Pathways To Spell’ programme to support our pupils from Year 2 to Year 6. Pathways to Spell is an innovative and engaging programme to fascinate pupils about words. It is a research-based series of lessons following a “Review, Explain, Practise, Apply and Reflect” model. This enables us to develop a school of spellers who use a series of strategies in lessons and in their independent writing.