"...I have come in order that you might have life - life in all its fullness."
At St Oswald's we teach reading using a validated systematic synthetics phonics programme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.
This programme outlines the progression of graphemes, phonemes and tricky words that we teach term-by-term. The progression has been organised so that children are taught from the simple to more complex GPCs, as well as taking into account the frequency of their occurrence in the most commonly encountered words. All the graphemes taught are practised in words, sentences, and later on, in fully decodable books. Children review and revise GPCs and words, daily, weekly and across terms and years, in order to move this knowledge into their long term memory. Children learn to read as quickly as reasonably possible, so 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. We maintain pace, practice and participation by all children. Children who are not keeping-up with their peers are be given additional practice immediately through keep-up group sessions, or if needed 1:1 precision teaching.