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How we teach English at Moore

Phonics and Reading Schemes


Phonics is taught throughout Moore Primary School using 'Read, Write, Inc'.  This is a scheme used nationally. 

A simple overview:

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skillfully.  They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter represents
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters represents (e.g. 'ch' or 'ai')
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word

Children can use this skill to decode new words.

As children develop their reading skills they will discover many new combinations of letters (graphemes).  It is important for children to understand that graphemes can represent more than one sound (phoneme).  Also, phonemes can often be represented by more than on grapheme.  Developing readers will become increasingly aware of these grapheme-phoneme correspondences.


At Moore Primary School we use a variety of reading schemes to support pupils with their reading skills.  The schemes we choose use natural language, phonically decodable words and high frequency words, all illustrated by fun, informative, engaging pictures and photographs.  Reading a wide range of books will allow children to practise different reading skills, and continue to develop their word recognition and langauge comprehension.

Listed below are some of the reading schemes we have in Key Stage One:

Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Phonics, Story World, Rigby Star, Songbirds, Sunshine Spirals, Phonics Bug, Rhyme World, All Aboards, Oxford Read Write Inc.

All books are age/ability banded to provide natural progression through EYFS and KS1.


When we teach writing at Moore



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