Schoolzone | Little Wandle  summary review

Little Wandle  summary review

Date: 18.06.2022

Overall star rating for Little Wandle: 3.6/5

Review subject: Phonics

 

How well does it match the curriculum?
 •  5* Matches well
 •  5* Range of catch up activities and support 
 •  5* Little Wandle is a fantastic phonics programme. 
 •  5* The cpd in particular is outstanding 
 •  4* Sometimes the reading books need sorting more 
 •  4* Covers all phases. 
 •  3* The resources could come better prepared.
 •  3* It has some of the same sounds but the children need to apply it
 •  3* Awkward planning and flash cards
 •  2* It does not cover year 2

 

How well does it support your school’s inclusion/diversity/equal opportunities policy?
 •  4* Not overly inclusive of SEN leaners
 •  4* We would still like more support for some SEND children and for transience (NIAs)
 •  5* Great catch up programmes
 •  3* Unsure whether it fits in eg the rhymes are maybe a little stereotypical.
 •  4* Great plans across each year group and good intervention planning.
 •  2* Having sessions as a whole class is not working well.
 •  3* Some gaps in sentence construction 
 •  3* Clear graphics.

 

How does it support adaptation for different learners?
 •  2* Lower ability children struggle to keep up
 •  4* Catch up sessions for those that fall behind 
 •  4* Lots of support for the teacher with differentiation 
 •  5* We are lucky to have the staff to man the different groups needed 
 •  3* All children are taught the same. 
 •  5* Well written, inclusive planning 
 •  2* There is none.
 •  3* Ok for differentiation 
 •  4* Catch up work is a feature too.

 

How well does it engage and motivate pupils?
 •  4* Most enjoy phonics
 •  5* Good structure so predictable 
 •  5* All are engaged 
 •  4* It is simple and easy for the children to know what is coming
 •  4* They like the repetition
 •  4* Very structured but perhaps a little too boring. 
 •  4* Simple, fast paced lessons. 
 •  3* After 5 minutes most lose interest.
 •  2* Pupil voice supports learning via technology 
 •  4* Good focus and concentration due to repetition.

 

How well supported is it by any included formative assessments?
 •  4* Assessments work well
 •  4* Assessment for each half term 
 •  5* Great resources
 •  5* Very assessment driven to help catch up and learning 
 •  4* Simple assessments that are easy to do and keep track of pupil progress
 •  2* I do not find this beneficial.
 •  3* Assessment are ok
 •  5* Really useful

 

How well does it support planning?
 •  4* Easy to follow plans
 •  5* Everything you need 
 •  5* All there for trachers
 •  5* All there - resources can take a long time to sort
 •  5* Excellent, very easy for teachers. 
 •  5* Perfect 
 •  4* Apart from cutting all the word cards out, there is not much prep needed.
 •  3* Some gaps in sentence structure 
 •  5* Planning is done and training videos support.

 

What improvements could make this better value for money?
 • 3* It is expensive but provides lots of resource for that money. 
 • 5* Like it/ big outgoing initially but worth it
 • 4* Well priced
 • 3* Slightly expensive 
 • 3* We needed to use it for Ofsted.
 • 2* Expensive scheme which has been rushed through. Quality of materials has got worse I.e. thinner paper and card

 

 

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