At Old Bexley Primary, we use the Government validated systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) called ‘Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised’. The programme is developed for schools by schools and is designed to teach children to read, using the skill of decoding and blending sounds together to form words.

Little Wandle is based on the original Letters and Sounds, but has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme which meets all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and prepares your child to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.  The programme provides a full progression through all commonly occurring sounds, working from simple to more complex, taking into account the frequency of their occurrence in the most commonly encountered words.

The overview documents below show the order the sounds and tricky words are taught during Year 1 and Reception.