At St Francis School, we have adopted the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ Phonics Programme (April 2022). The programme has been validated by the DfE and is an approved programme which provides effective systematic and synthetic teaching of phonics.
Learners who are on the Phonics Reading Pathway at St Francis will follow Little Wandles Phonics. Learners will have daily phonics lessons/keep up sessions as well as the Little Wandle reading practice sessions which are taught three times per week.
Phonics lessons are taught for approximately 10-30 minutes each day and this is built up over a period of time depending on the learner’s needs and ability. When sessions are for 10 minutes, there will also be additional opportunities for daily oral blending games in other aspects of the curriculum.
Any child who needs additional practice has daily ‘keep-up’ support, taught by a fully trained adult. Keep-up lessons match the structure of class teaching, and use the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning.
Children need to be given regular opportunities to apply the phonics they have learned by reading fully decodable books. The phonic progression in these books must match the progression of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. It is advisable that reading practice sessions take place at least three times a week. Each reading practice session needs to have a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory.
The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on 3 key reading skills:
We value reading for pleasure highly and work hard as a school to grow our Reading for Pleasure pedagogy.
‘Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s success.’