At Ball Green Primary School, we supplement our ‘Little Wandle – Letters and Sounds’ [Revised] phonics programme with fully, phonetically-decodable, early reading schemes ‘Collin’s Big Cat Phonics’ and ‘Pearson’s Bug Club Phonics.’  These schemes have been selected in order to reinforce the application of phonics to early reading and to transition from early reading into our whole school reading scheme.

‘Collin’s Big Cat Phonics’ offers 120 fully decodable readers to support the new Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. The books are be matched perfectly to the Little Wandle progression and support all the Letters and Sounds phases. This progression is based on the DfE’s publication ‘Letters and Sounds: Improving Rates of Progress 2021’. There will be an exciting mix of stories and non-fiction to foster a love of reading in all children.

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‘Bug Club Phonics’ readers are 100% decodable books and they meets 100% of the Department for Education in England (DfE) criteria for teaching systematic synthetic phonics, helping children to succeed in the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1.

With 104 fiction and non‑fiction books, beautiful artwork, humour and characters that children come to love, ‘Bug Club Phonics’ readers supplement the ‘Collin’s Big Cat Phonics’ library in order to offer a broader range of texts and topics that children really want to read.

Every phonics book is available as an allocatable tablet-friendly eBook that can be accessed from home and includes audio narration to help with pronunciation and personalisable parent notes for every child.

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