Phonics and Reading
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised
At Ebbsfleet Green, we believe that reading is the key to success and underpins children's access to the curriculum; it clearly impacts on their achievement. To be able to read, children need to be taught an efficient strategy to decode words. That strategy is phonics. Phonic decoding skills must be practised until children become automatic and fluent reading is established.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) and it is the programme that we adopt at Ebbsfleet Green. We prioritise the teaching of phonics; we teach phonics daily in Year R and Year 1. It is vitally important that children review and revisit Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs) and words, daily, weekly and across terms and years, in order to move this knowledge into the children's long term memory. Our consistent approach to phonics ensures that children are given the best possible foundation for reading, writing and language skills.
Children need to learn to read as quickly and reasonably as possible, so that 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; children who are not keeping up with their peers are given additional practise immediately through keep-up sessions.
Children enjoy a range of multi- sensory resources to support their phonics learning. On-going assessment of children's progress takes place and the books children read in school and take home to read are fully decodable and matched to children's secure phonics knowledge. As well as fully decodable books, children take home a non-decodable book for sharing that can be either read to or with them. These books play an essential role in developing a love of reading; an important distinction is that these books are being shared with the children, but they are using fully phonically decodable books to practise their independent reading.
Please see link below for our Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme progression for Reception and Year One.
Collins Big Cat
From Year 2, we use Collins Big Cat to ensure all children are reading books within their reading ability. We assess children’s fluency and comprehension every half term using the Collins Assessments to validate teacher assessment and track progress. In addition, we explicitly teach reading using proven strategies. We recognise that the ability to read opens the door to the wider curriculum and deeper learning throughout life.
Our successes in writing at Ebbsfleet Green are born out of its stimulus, stemming out of our wider curriculum. All writing outcomes are underpinned with word, sentence and text level expectations. Children are exposed to a wide range of writing types and genres to ensure they are able to write extensively using their knowledge from other subject to make their outcomes meaningful.