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Reading and Phonics

We are so proud of the impact Rocket Phonics has had this half term - please read the report below for more information:

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! 

Our reading journey continues in Key Stage 2 with the addition of

What is Accelerated Reader?

AR is part of the Renaissance Reading software package recently adopted by the school to encourage and improve reading, measure growth of the individual reader and to provide quality reading for all.  It allows for personalised learning targets to be set up and for progress to be easily monitored. This short guide will help you to understand the system better so that you can support your child with their reading.


Your child will choose a book at their own level and read it at their own pace.  When finished, they will take a short quiz on the computer.  Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood the book. 


AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. 


AR is used as part of a comprehensive reading programme in place at Moorland Primary School for children in Key Stage 2.  While we continue to teach the skills of reading in class, the AR books chosen by your child will provide them with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed. 


Pupils using AR are encouraged to progress at their own pace and they have personalised targets based on their reading ability. The aim of AR is for all children to succeed in achieving their targets.


What are STAR Reading Tests?          

Every child taking part in AR will complete a STAR reading test at the beginning of the year and at the end of each half-term.  It is a twenty minute multiple choice reading assessment completed individually on the computer.  Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses so if their response is correct, the difficulty level is increased.  If they miss a question or give an incorrect answer, the difficulty level is reduced. 


The STAR reading test, along with teacher judgement assists us in identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range.

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

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