Phonics at St Gabriel’s Primary Catholic Academy

What is Phonics?

Phonics teaching helps children to understand the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language.

Words are made up of sounds (phonemes) and in English there are 44 sounds.

Letters and Sounds

At St. Gabriel’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy, we use the Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sound  approach to phonics teaching. ‘Letters & Sounds’ is a six-phase teaching programme designed to help children understand how letters in the alphabet work to help us to read and spell.

Further information about phonics progression in the scheme can be found in the guides below.

Little Wandle Programme progression


Little Wandle also provide a Youtube page for parents to support phonics at home. The account can be found via the link below.

Phonics videos