Aspley Guise Village School

Aspley Guise Village School

Growing Together, Aiming High



The teaching of Early Reading and Phonics

The school follows the DfE approved Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised SSP (Systematic Synthetic Phonics) scheme. This is taught in Reception and Year 1, with reinforcement taking place in Year 2 and above for any pupils who require additional support. 

Pupils have daily phonics lessons and have reading lessons up to three times a week. The school applies the "Scarborough Rope" model in its teaching of early reading. The first lesson focuses on phonetic awareness. The second aims to develop prosody. The third session develops comprehension skills. 

Children have two reading books- the first is the book that is used to each reading in the class. Due to the demand for reading books with other groups, this book stays in school. The second is a book, chosen by the child in conjunction with an adult, for sharing at home. 

All members of staff delivering the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised SSP have been fully trained. 

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By the time children get to Year 2, the vast majority of our children are ready to move onto our Accelerated Reader system. Based on regular assessments, children choose from a large range in the class or communal area a reading book within a specified range. 

Children are also taught specific reading skills in VIPERS lessons. VIPERS stands for: Vocabulary, Inference, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence or Summarise. 


Writing is taught through units of work focusing on developing writing skills in a particular genre. e.g. The children may have a three week unit of work on fairy tales or writing explanations. These will be reinforced each term and across the school, giving children the opportunity to revisit and further develop their writing skills. 


Modern Foreign Languages

Children are formally introduced to French in Year 3. However, we informally teaching of other languages as well. Children are taught simple greetings and farewells in a number of world languages over the year.