At St. George's we are determined that every pupil will learn to read. As such, we recognise the importance of secure phonic knowledge and understanding and its direct impact on standards in writing, reading and spelling. We start teaching Phonics in Reception and use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised for the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At St. George’s, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
We use the Big Cat Phonics for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised texts to match children's phonic knowledge to a reading practice book. These books are fully decodable and do not have challenge words. These texts are matched to your child's current phonic knowledge. They only include words and tricky words that your child has been taught and the child is familiar with.
This approach ensures that children are successful when they apply existing phonic knowledge to a text. They do not have to resort to guessing or using other inefficient clues. At St. George's we aim for 90% fluency in reading sessions and by the time children take home their reading book fluency is 95%.