Phonics (letter sounds) is just one of the ways that children learn to read and spell. At Marnel Infant School we have adopted the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised SSP (Systematic Synthetic Phonics) program. This program offers a fun and child centred approach to teaching phonics and reading through visual images and mnemonics. The program of study teaches single sounds, common digraphs, alternate digraphs and trigraphs alongside blending (squashing) of CVC words e.g. sat before moving on to more complex words in order to allow children to begin building words as soon as possible.