Moorside Infant and Junior School
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- 'Good' OFSTED REPORT 2017 - Moorside Junior School

Reading and Phonics

WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO GROW A LOVE OF BOOKS….

At Moorside, we have been lucky to take part in World Book Day activities with our local WH Smith store, to celebrate World Book Day 2019. The events are part of WH Smith’s on-going commitment to education.

World Book Day is important to WH Smith, who share Moorside’s belief that opening children’s minds to the pleasures of reading is one of the best gifts that we can give. They have kindly donated £100 of free books and reading resources to school, which will help us to improve our new library which is coming soon!! Emma Manning from WH Smith shared a school assembly with us! We are looking forward to using our book day vouchers for some of the offers that parents and children can benefit from on World Book Day and throughout March.

Learning to read is a fundamental skill that all children need.  At Moorside, we use a variety of strategies to help children to develop fluent word recognition and comprehension.

Phonics is taught daily to children from EYFS up to and including Key Stage 2.  The children learn:

  • aural discrimination, phonemic awareness and rhyme awareness in order to encourage good spelling.
  • repetition and consolidation, so that spelling becomes automatic.
  • to segment and blend.
  • to read and write all 44 graphemes in the English language.
  •  specific strategies to help them remember common exception words.
  • in a variety of ways that is lively, interactive and investigative.
  • to apply their phonic skills in all curriculum areas.

How is Phonics taught at Moorside?

Teachers use Letters and Sounds phonics programme that organises the progression of phonics and ‘tricky’ words.  These are words that don’t necessarily have a grapheme to phoneme correspondence. In addition, the school uses Phonics Play and Educationcity, interactive web based resources.

Phonics sessions are delivered  through daily sessions of up to 20 minutes and are the focus for some of the provision areas. By the end of Reception, children are expected to have completed phases 2, 3 and 4.

In year 1, children revise the earlier phases to secure their knowledge and understanding and then learn phase 5.  In June of year 1, children take a phonics screening test.  Children who don’t pass are retested in June the following year.

As the children progress through years 2 and 3, they continue to have phonics taught in sessions, but the focus objectives are taught through all reading and writing opportunities.

Please click here for ideas on Age-Appropriate Reading Books.

Please click here for the KS2 Reading Plus presentation from Monday 26th November 2018.

Please find below information from the KS1 Phonics Information Evening for Parents, held on Wednesday 17th October 2018:

Phonics Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

Phonics Information for Parents

Spelling Support Ideas for Parents

Reviews from the Children

Year 6

“The best thing about this school is that our learning is fun and we have lots of trips to new places so we have many new experiences.”

Emily Year 5

“We get to go on great school trips.”

Year 2

“I can make hot chocolate in the woods.”

Year 6

“We learn to build shelters and climb trees.”

Angus Year 1

“I like playing football.”

Owen Year 1

“We get to play outside.”

Year 6

“I think the best thing about Moorside is we have a variety of specialised teachers for specific subjects.”

Freya Year 3

“We’ve got amazing teachers and the best art teacher, PE teachers and every teacher.”

Ben Year 4

“In the morning I'm really excited to see the teachers.”

Jack Year 6

“Your not treated as pupils – your treated as a family.”

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Head Teacher: Mrs C Rowett

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