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Reading & Phonics

Phonics and Early Reading

At Great Bedwyn School we use the DfE validated phonics scheme ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ to support our delivery of phonics and early reading in Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP). Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme. In EYFS and Year 1, our reading scheme books are split into two distinct strands. The first of these strands focusses on developing word reading through phonics. These books are ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Big Cat books’. These are phonically matched to each child’s current phonic knowledge. These books are used in school and reading will be taught through guided reading sessions in EYFS and Year 1. All other books that the children read or take home in EYFS and Year 1 are ‘Reading for Pleasure’ books. The aim of these books is to develop children’s comprehension skills, vocabulary acquisition and fluency.