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Tickets!: Phase 4 Set 1 (Big Cat Phonics for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised)

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At WGPS we believe reading is essential for academic success but, more importantly, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Each class in KS2 has a class reading book which allows teachers share their own love of reading with their pupils. I think a lot of the Little Wandle books are just the old Big Cat books slotted into the new system.

Each decodable book has been carefully crafted to help children to build on their secure phonic knowledge, moving confidently from decoding words to reading fluently and for pleasure. Weekly content grids, lesson templates and ‘How to’ videos all help to ensure that all adults maintain consistency in their teaching and this is monitored half termly by the Reading Leader and SLT so that any misconceptions or inconsistencies can be rectified as soon as possible. with any child new to the school in Year 2 and above to quickly identify any gaps in their phonic knowledge and plan and provide appropriate extra teaching. We value reading for pleasure highly and work hard as a school to grow our Reading for Pleasure pedagogy. The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme begins in the earliest years with the Foundations for Phonics programme, which we deliver to our Pre-School children.I’m “just” a parent, but books like Songbirds Phonics definitely seem to follow a phonetic difficulty progression through the bands.

At Wooburn Green, we understand that being able to read is the most crucial skill that we can teach our children as without it they will find it increasingly difficult to access other areas of the curriculum and their life chances will be significantly reduced.The 48 Big Cat books follow the Little Wandle SSP progression to enable teachers to match books to phonics learning each week and allow children to practice the sounds they have been introduced to.

We choose these books carefully as we want children to experience a wide range of books, including books that reflect the children at Broomfield and our local community as well as books that open windows into other worlds and cultures. Big Cat Phonics for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been developed in collaboration with two English Hubs, Wandle Learning Trust and Little Sutton Primary School.It comprises classroom resources to support the SSP programme and a range of phonic readers that together provide a consistent and highly effective approach to teaching phonics.

Children need to practice and secure their phonic decoding skills until they become automatic and fluent readers. As far as I can see, the 7+ books look to just be the same phases but aimed at older kids (ie more age appropriate content for kids with a lower reading age than their age). All children have daily opportunities to read a variety of material in school, including regularly with an adult. At Wooburn Green Primary School we teach phonics through the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. Lesson templates, Prompt cards and ‘How to’ videos ensure teachers all have a consistent approach and structure for each lesson.

Phonics is delivered every day in Reception so that children have plenty of opportunities to revisit, practice and apply their phonic knowledge. Children who are not yet decoding have daily additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books. Weekly content grids map each element of new learning to each day, week and term for the duration of the programme. Little Wandle Letters and Sounds 7+ offers 50 books designed for children in KS2 who need more practice to consolidate their phonic knowledge. This ensures that our children are well prepared to begin to learn grapheme-phoneme correspondences and blending to read in Reception and Year 1, where they will follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression which is designed to ensure that all children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

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