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West Wycombe School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Little Wandle at West Wycombe

Little Wandle Launch - January 2022


At West Wycombe School, we follow the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme 'Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised' for the teaching and learning of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics.  We understand the importance of ensuring that every one of our pupils can read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities and have a relentless drive to succeed in this mission.


Through prioritising budget on Early Reading and Phonics we are confident that our school is well resourced and equipped for the teaching and learning of 'Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised' and the systematic reading of 'Big Cat Collins' phonics books.  We work hard to ensure that all of our children have access to stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction to develop their vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.


At West Wycombe School, we pride ourselves on ensuring our staff are up-to-date with the latest research and development. Currently, we are training all of our staff on the new 'Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised' programme. 'Speedy words', 'Tricky Words' and 'Shuffle Time' are just a few of the consistent phrases we are now using with our children. 


Revisit and Review - 4th January 2022

Our first training session was based around the 'Revisit & Review' part of the phonics lesson. This kick starts each lesson and generally focuses on previously taught phonemes, bringing them to the forefront of our children's memory. Children are encouraged to apply phonemes to reading words. We also learn tricky words in this part of the lesson. Here are our wonderful staff practising the teaching of this: