Phonics in EYFS and KS1

On this page you will find information about how the children at Sutton-at-Hone Primary School begin their reading journey through phonics.

We teach phonics through the scheme ‘Little Wandle letters and sounds revised.’ Please follow the link to find out more.

The resources that you can find here include lower-case letter formation guides which give instructions on how each GPC should be pronounced and the handwriting phrases which help the children remember how to write them.

Please see the Downloads below for more information on the Phonics that are taught in EYFS and Y1. There is also a powerpoint from the Parent Information session which contains useful ideas for helping your child.

In Year 1, Term 5, each child will take part in the Phonics Screening Check to ensure that they are making lots of progress in phonics. More information about the check can be found below.

Year 2

In Year 2, children will recap Set 3 sounds and by now should be becoming more independent readers. Through this time they will be using the phonics to become more accurate at spelling and transitioning from phonics to spelling by focusing on specific spelling patterns.


The children learn and use all of these terms during Phonics:

Digraph – two letters which make one sound, eg ai- snail in the rain

Trigraph – three letters which make one sound, eg ear- hear with your ear

Split digraph – two letters which are not next to each other but make up the sound, eg a-e – make a cake

Sound buttons – dots and dashes used under words to show single letter sounds/diagraphs/trigraphs 


EYFS progression


Year 1 progression


Parent information session


Phonics Screening Guide


Phonics Screening Check


Set 1 sounds


Set 2 sounds


Set 3 sounds