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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Phonics and Reading Curriculum Implementation

At Elmhurst School, we follow the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme 'Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised' for the teaching and learning of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics.  We understand the importance of ensuring that every one of our pupils can read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities and have a relentless drive to succeed in this mission.


We have ensured that our phonics teaching and learning informs our 'Big Cat Collins' reading book scheme.  Phase 2, 3, 4 & 5 'Big Cat Collins' books are fully decodable and show a culminative progression in phonics which match our 'Little Wandle' SSP programme.  All staff are aware of the reading stage expectations for each year group and robust assessment systems are in place to ensure we accelerate learning and respond quickly to the needs of our lowest attaining pupils.


Through prioritising budget on Early Reading and Phonics we are confident that our school is well resourced and equipped for the teaching and learning of 'Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised' and the systematic reading of 'Big Cat Collins' phonics books.  We work hard to ensure that all of our children have access to stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction to develop their vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.

At Elmhurst School, we pride ourselves on ensuring our staff are up-to-date with the latest research and development. Currently, we are training our EYFS and KS1 teaching teams on the new 'Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised' programme. 'Speedy words', 'Tricky Words' and 'Shuffle Time' are just a few of the consistent phrases we are now using with our children. 

Revisit and Review

Our first training session was based around the 'Revisit & Review' part of the phonics lesson. This kick starts each lesson and generally focuses on previously taught phonemes, bringing them to the forefront of our children's memory. Children are encouraged to apply phonemes to reading words. We also learn tricky words in this part of the lesson. Here are our wonderful staff practising the teaching of this:

Page last updated: 14/09/21