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"The school supports the achievement of its most-able pupils very well."

- 'Good' OFSTED REPORT 2017 - Moorside Junior School

Reading

Our Intent:

Every child is a reader; every child at Moorside Primary School and Nursery loves to read for pleasure and uses reading confidently as a tool to improve their knowledge.

Learning to Read

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 ofup 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.

Please find below information from the KS1 Phonics Information Evening for Parents:

Phonics Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

Phonics Information for Parents

Spelling Support Ideas for Parents

Reviews from the Children

Gracie, Year 6

"My favourite thing about school is the teachers because they are so kind and helpful".

Andrew, Year 6

"I enjoy when we have Forest School because we have the best hot chocolate and marshmallows and find animals".

Emily, Year 6

"I enjoy doing art with Mr Moss and Forest School. The most enjoyable thing is going on residential trips like Marrick".

Evie, Year 3

"I like Literacy because it makes my writing better. I also like PE because we learn new skills that we don't know yet".

Ethan, Year 3

"I enjoy our big field as we can play on the play equipment".

Liam, Year 3

"I like PE as we get to learn with Mr Doey".

Xander, Year 3

"I like Forest School as we get to eat Marshmallows!"

Kolby, Year 3

"I enjoy play times as I get to play with my friends".

Beatrice, Year 3

"I enjoy reading because we learn new things from books".

Edward, Year 3

"I like Maths and Topic. In Topic, we find out about different Countries".

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