Reading and Phonics
The systematic teaching of phonics is taught at our school through a program called Read Write Inc
What is phonics?
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes; identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’ and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Click here for parental information about RWI phonics
Click here for a DfE guide for parents
How do we teach reading?
All of our children take home a reading book that is linked to their phonetically understanding. We expect that children read at home a minimum of three times a week. In KS2 all children have the opportunity to take home a ‘choose’ book as well as one that is given to them by their teacher. The children take these books from either the class reading corner or from one of the school’s reading huts.
Reading is the classroom is taught through our ‘Big Read’ lessons. Big Reading is an exciting, fun way to develop a love of reading, our knowledge of significant authors and also develop our analytical skills, through the use of exciting characters who we call our Big Reading Friends. It is a reading ‘journey’ for each child, from their very first ‘pre-reading’ steps to their complex and intricate understanding of texts at greater depth. Through the Big Reading Lessons we effectively ‘teach’ reading in order for the children to ‘learn’ and rapidly ‘progress’ in their reading. These lessons happen daily from years 1 to 6.
The curriculum is the subjects schools must teach as per government guidelines. They are spilt into ‘core subjects’ and ‘foundation subjects’. They are as follows:
Art & Design
Click the links below to find out more about the foundation subjects as well as the skills taught in each year group.
How do we do it here at Moorfield?
Here at Moorfield we use the Cornerstones schemes of work to meet our curriculum needs. Cornerstones provides us with a wide range of creative projects for each year group. These projects give comprehensive coverage of all National Curriculum guidelines but also provide fun and enriching lessons.
“Our four-stage pedagogy is built on academic research and years of practical teaching experience. We call it The Four Cornerstones.”
Cornerstones provides us with 4 stages of learning
– the 4 Cornerstones:
Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
Set the scene and provide the context for our learning.
Provoke curiosity using interesting starting points.
Encourage children to ask questions to provoke thought and interest.
Teach knowledge for depth of understanding.
Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
Deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum.
Provide imaginative scenarios where learning and outcome is child led and the adults are facilitators.
Provoke creative thinking.
Enable the children to provide previously learned skills.
Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
Encourage reflective talk by asking questions.
Provide opportunities for shared evaluation.