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St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

St Elisabeth's CE Primary School


At St. Elisabeth’s CE we follow the DFE accredited Little Wandle programme to teach phonics.


In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught daily at a discrete dedicated time. Children are taught in their classes age appropriate phases.Weekly spellings and Reading books are usually matched to the work that has been covered in Little Wandle that week.

Suggested websites

BBC – there are a number of resources available through the BBC website, for example:

Family Learning:

Phonics Play – this is a subscription website. We have paid for in school use and the children are familiar with the games on it. Unfortunately, the subscription does not extend to home use, but individual subscriptions are available to purchase at £12 per year. Some games are free to play.

Kent Trust

ICT games

Letters and Sounds – we use this website in school for resources and games. There are useful online games accessible via this website for example:


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check which will take place during a specific week in June. Every child in the Year 1 cohort will complete the check.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with a familiar teacher in school.  It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1.

It will check that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t
  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.

Parents are informed of their child’s progress from the checks in the end of year school report to parents.