PHONICS & EARLY READING
Phonics teaches children the sounds that letters make individually and when combined with other letters (e.g. ch, sh, ee). This knowledge is vital for learning to decode (segment or 'sound out') words to read. All schools in the Gipsy Hill Federation follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonics scheme. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) validated by the Department for Education. More information on the scheme can be found on their website.