Reading and Phonics


At our school, we believe that synthetic phonics is an effective tool to help children develop early reading and writing skills. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme, which is approved by the Department of Education.  A programme overview can be found here.

Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read and spell words.

For a parent guide to learning to read with phonics, please click on the following link:


At our school, we use two main reading schemes: Collins Big Cat Phonics (to support practice in school) and Hero Academy (to support practice at home). Both schemes are compatible with 'Letters and Sounds' our chosen phonics programme.

If you have any questions about phonics or reading, please speak to your child's class teacher.

Find out more about Little Wandle here with lots of free videos and resources.

Reading Dogs

Our reading dogs help us to understand the books that we read. Find out more on this short PPT. You can also download your Reading Dogs bookmark here.

Reading Dogs PPT

Year 1 Questions For Reading Bookmark Question Cards Ver 3

Year 2 Questions For Reading Bookmark Question Cards Ver 4

Contact Us

Recreation Road Infant School, Recreation Road, Norwich NR2 3PA

Head of School – Denise Mattock

Executive Head Teacher – Michael Bunting

Tel: 01603 457120


Zoe Smith and Jo Westgate are available in the school office to deal with your calls and queries.

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