Thames Ditton Infant School

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Phonics and Reading Schemes

Our school has chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our systematic, synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling. 


Following the scheme, children have daily phonics sessions where they are usually taught four new sounds a week with a review lesson on a Friday. Phonics lessons are supported with reading practice sessions across the week as well as opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge in a range of activities throughout the week.


Reading practice sessions take place in small groups, whereby all children read the same book and repeat this through the week. Each session has a different focus to support children to develop the fluency and understanding in their reading. Books are matched closely to the children’s secure phonic knowledge. We use Big Cat books for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to ensure they follow our phonics teaching. Words in these books contain taught phonic sounds to allow children to segment and blend as well as taught tricky words within the year group. 


In addition to the children’s decodable reading books, sharing books are sent home for children to enjoy with their families. These are changed regularly from our range of texts within our school library. We strongly promote a love of reading in our school and celebrate the books children are sharing at home.  

Our children also have access to a range of other decodable books including: A selection of Oxford Reading Tree phonics series, Decodable Project X, Songbirds phonics, Floppy's phonics, Phonics Bug, Hero Academy and Rocket phonics.  


Further information about the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme can be found on their website: