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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Phonics Progression and Reading Books

Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised

We have clear teaching and learning progression in Reception and Year 1 which follows the Little Wandle overviews below:

Progression from EYFS to YR 2

We have ensured that our phonics teaching and learning informs our 'Big Cat Collins' reading book scheme.  Phase 2, 3, 4 & 5 'Big Cat Collins' books are fully decodable and show a culminative progression in phonics which match our 'Little Wandle' SSP programme.  All staff are aware of the reading stage expectations for each year group and robust assessment systems are in place to ensure we accelerate learning and respond quickly to children not meeting the expected standard. 


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.


If your child is reading a Letters & Sounds book you will see a number listed on the top left hand corner of the book - this indicates what phonics phase they are currently reading at in school. 

Beyond Phonics

Once our children are reading their Phase 5 sounds fluently and with confidence they will move beyond the 'Little Wandle: Letters & Sounds Revised' programme of books. This is typically around Autumn 2 in Year 2. Children will begin the next phase of their reading journey on Purple stage books.