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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School


Little Wandle Rapid Catch Up Phonics 

Any child that is reading below their age-related expectation will be assessed to see if they have gaps in their phonic knowledge. If a child is identified as needing further support with their phonological knowledge then they will access our Little Wandle Rapid Catch-Up Programme.  Our assessments will identify which phase a child needs to begin the programme. All children receiving phonics support will work in a small group four times per week.

Children who are accessing the Rapid Catch up programme will take home a phonetically decodable book and a sharing book.

The decodable reading book

Decodable reading practice books are matched to a child’s phonic stage and in which the child can read 95% of the words. The children will have read this reading practice book at school first. If the child still needs to develop fluency, then they will be encouraged to read this same book three times. Parents’ or carers’ support is needed to help their child practise reading and develop fluency with a book they have already read at school.

Children will access these decodable reading book using Collins eBooks. Click on the icon to be directed to the eBook website. Children have been given their username and password details.

The sharing book

To help to foster a love of reading, children who are receiving phonics support and who take home a decodable phonics book will also take home a book that they can share and enjoy with a parent or carer. This book is to encourage reading for pleasure but the children will not be expected to read this book independently. Children may wish to participate in our accelerated reader programme beyond the decodable eBooks and may therefore select an additional decodable reading book or an accelerated reading book that can be read to them.


The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so that you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.

Download a guide to how children are taught to say their sounds 


Grapheme mats to support phonics sounds when reading and writing