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Reading and Phonics

Our NEW phonics scheme! 


At Moorland, we are very excited to announce that we have adopted a NEW phonics scheme. It is called 'Rocket Phonics' and it is a DFE validated story based systematic, synthetic phonics programme for Reception and Key Stage One. The programme is based on the progression of Letters and Sounds and is designed to ensure all pupils achieve reading success. 

As a school, we have invested heavily in this new scheme to ensure that all of our pupils achieve phonic success. We have BRAND NEW copies of all of the titles available and ask you to respect and care for the books at home. All pupils will have a TARGET PRACTICE READING BOOK which provide focused practice of small groups of target letter-sounds. These books are fully decodable and fully aligned with the programme.


They will also have a ROCKET PHONICS READING BOOK. The Rocket Phonics range of reading books are the ideal complement to the programme as additional decodable reading practice books. These books are fully aligned to the programme and can be used as soon as all the letter-sounds in a particular colour band have been taught.

Reading Planet Rocket Phonics Resources

Introducing Reading Planet Rocket Phonics

Please watch this video for some more information about Rocket Phonics.

What is phonics?


Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write.  It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds. Written language is like a code, knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children to decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words. Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual or groups of letters.  For example, the sound ‘k’ can be spelt as c, k, ck or ch.

Saying the sounds precisely and clearly

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.Find...

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.Find more phonics help on O...

Look at your child's class page to find phonics games to play at home! 

Miss Norfolk ran a reading workshop for parents pre-Covid. 

Click on the image to see the slides from that workshop.