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Phonics

We aim for children to become fluent readers as early as possible, and we are excited to be moving to 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' throughout our EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1 (Key Stage 1) classes. This will begin in full after Easter 2022. The Little Wandle Programme builds on our established teaching of phonics through Letters and Sounds, and utilises our existing resources of Collins Big Cat phonics books as well as providing a wealth of new resources for our children. Little Wandle builds in oral blending and word reading to the learning of phonemes and graphemes, and the reading sessions focus on decoding, prosody (reading with intonation), and comprehension, which align with our belief in teaching phonics in a language-rich curriculum with books and stories at its heart.  Children's progress is continually assessed, and from Year 1, our children learn phonics in groups, so that teaching can be tailored to their needs. Further additional support is also provided when necessary.

In KS2 (Key Stage 2) some children will require continued support in segmenting and blending and will continue to follow our phonics programme. We also have KS2 decodable books for those children who need extra support in their reading with subject matter of interest to their age group.

All children will continue to make use of their phonics skills where relevant to their learning of vocabulary and language through KS2 as well as learning other spelling rules in explicitly taught spelling and grammar lessons.

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