To teach reading, we are following ‘Little Wandle, Letters and Sounds Revised’ which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP).
All staff in school have received training in this programme. All children have a daily phonics session with a member of school staff. Each lesson is taken from the programme and has been carefully planned to fit in with the progression of the programme. It isn’t greatly different from how we have previously taught phonics, we simply have updated resources to use and new ways of teaching the children about each letter sound.
The progression of this programme has been organised so that children are taught from the simple to more complex GPCs (Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence— the individual letters or letters strings which represent individual sounds in the language). Children need to learn to read as quickly as reasonably possible, so they can move from learning to read, to reading to learn, giving them access to the treasure house of reading. Our expectations of progression are aspirational yet achievable when maintaining pace, practice and participation by all children.
Children who are not keeping-up with their peers will quickly be identified and given additional practice immediately through keep-up sessions. There is a support section for parents and carers, where you can find resources to inform you of how the programme works and what your children will experience.
There are also some short videos for parents to access.