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"Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, work well together and are motivated to succeed."

- 'Good' OFSTED REPORT 2017 - Moorside Junior School

Reading with Children at Home

Whether you’re reading a classic novel or fairy tales before bed, reading aloud to children can significantly benefit your child’s life. Some benefits reading to children include:
  • Supported learning development
  • Improved language/vocabulary
  • Preparation for children to become independent learners
  • Developing a special bond with your child by sharing favourite stories
  • Increased concentration
  • Improved imagination and creativity
  • Cultivating a lifelong love of reading

Mrs Thompson loves to read a story….In the clip she is modelling lots of ways of discussing what’s happening in the story and illustrations. This helps children to fully engage in stories and grow a love of reading.

Your child will bring home a phonics book to practice their reading on a Monday in Reception and Year 1. This is likely to be a Big Cat Phonics book to begin with  – see an example below. They need to be returned on a Thursday for new books to be given.

In Year 2, when children are secure in their phonics, they will begin to read chosen reading books with the appropriate lexile level to support them in making progress. They will continue with Recommended Reads to practice from Y2-Y6.
As well as their phonics reading book, children will also bring home books for you to read with them. These are NOT to practice their phonics and the children may not be able to read them themselves, but they enjoy visiting our school library and we are encouraging them to grow a love of reading. For example:

If you would like to visit our school library with your child, there will be an opportunity to do so at our monthly Reading Cafes.

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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