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At Bishop Gilpin, we aim to create a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning by establishing excellent decoding skills and reading comprehension to enable all children to become fluent, confident and capable readers who have a genuine love of reading.

Further details about how we teach Reading at Bishop Gilpin can be found in our Reading Curriculum Aims document. An overview of which authors, books and texts are covered in each year group can be found on our Reading Curriculum Overview.


At Bishop Gilpin, we follow the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised as our systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling. Mrs Douthwaite (English lead) continues to work for the Wandle English Hub as a Literacy Specialist and is working with Mrs Dobinson (Early Reading lead) to embed the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised programme at Bishop Gilpin. 

Phonics Policy 2021-2022


In Reception, children learn the mnemonics (a picture and phrase) for Phase 2 and 3 from the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised programme.

Reception graphemes

Year 1

In year 1, children will continue to use the mnemonics from our previous scheme (for the year 2021-2022) so they do not need to relearn these from a different scheme.

Phase 2: Graphemes, sound mat, pronunciation video:

Phase 3: Graphemessound matpronunciation video:

Phase 4: teaches children to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants. There are no new graphemes introduced during phase 4.

Phase 5: Graphemessound matpronunciation video:


Phonics workshop presentations:


Reception and Year 1 Little Wandle presentation (2021-2022)