Little Wandle at Iceni Academy, Hockwold

We have been using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds since April 2022. It is a phonics programme developed for schools by schools. Once children have a secure knowledge of phonics and are confidently blending, they will be ready for reading books.

One of the features of Little Wandle is that the children keep up rather than catch up; this is what the children are expected to know in each phase:

For parents wishing to support their child with their learning, Little Wandle provide a ‘For Parents’ section on their website which gives more information about how we teach phonics.

The parents section of the website explains about the reading books and the sharing books that your child will bring home. If you have any questions, please do ask your child’s class teacher – we are always happy to help!

Younger pupils learn phonics well.  Across the primary phase, teachers do a good joy of teaching pupils to read.  They match books carefully to pupils’ needs.  Pupils learn to read fluently, and enjoy reading different types of books from the well-stocked library.

Ofsted, 2020


SPAG stands for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – even English university professors have had trouble with the 7 most difficult questions in a SATs test, but our children at Iceni, Hockwold, have always been brilliant at it! We give weekly spelling tests, making sure that the children understand how to use each word in context, and we spend 20 minutes each day between 9.10 and 9.30am working on the different types of punctuation and grammar the children are expected to know at each stage. The all-important thing is that our pupils not only know how to use their SPAG in their tests but are also using it naturally in their own writing across all subjects.