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The Teaching of Reading


Here at Moorcroft Wood our aim is to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to follow an enriching curriculum by getting them reading early; learning to read, and then in turn reading to learn. We recognise the teaching of reading must be carefully planned to meet the needs of all of our children and the importance of taking a consistent, whole school approach to the teaching of reading.

Our Reading Rationale

There are 4 key areas that we consider crucial for reading success:

1. Teaching of Early reading-Using a synthetic program to teach phonics. Here at Moorcroft we use Read, Write, Inc. (RWI)

2. Reading Mileage-At Moorcroft every attempt is made to ensure that our children gain ‘reading mileage.’ This means ensuring that the children have opportunities to read wherever possible, both within lessons and across the curriculum.

3. Skilled adults- At Moorcroft, much time has been invested into the training of teaching staff and support staff so that they are equipped and confident to deliver the teaching of reading. Teaching staff and learning support staff have been trained in higher level questioning through reading and reading fluency.

 4. Appropriate level texts/written materials (Aiming for 90% and above accuracy)- We carefully select texts and written materials so that they carefully match children’s proficiency to ensure they are reading at 90% accuracy.


Supporting Your Child at home 

Reading at home and daily practice is vital in helping to improve your child's future reading and learning. At Moorcroft, we know how important it is for teachers and parents to work together to give your child the best start.

Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in which you can help your child. As you share books you are helping improve your child’s reading skills and also showing them how important and enjoyable reading is. 

 The more a child reads, the more quickly they will develop as readers. It is often recommended that beginning readers spend 15 or 20 minutes reading each day (in addition to the reading they do at school). However, the amount of reading a child does is most important, not the amount of time they spend doing it.

We have put together some parent guides to help support your child with their reading at home.

 We will also be sending these home,so please look out for these in your child's book bag.

*Remember our expectations are that a child should read at least 4 times a week. This forms part of our home/school agreement.


Thank you for your continued support.

Bug Club

Some exciting News!!! Our school have recently signed up to an online reading scheme called Bug Club.  It is available for all children in Nursery- Year 6.

 Below you will find key information about the scheme and how you can get involved with supporting your child with their reading. We hope that you and your child will love these books and enjoy reading them at home.

 What is Bug Club?

Bug Club is a finely levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can find books at exactly the right level for them.


How to access Bug Club Online

Bug Club is an e-book reading scheme that your child will use for independent reading at home throughout the week. Each child has a unique homepage and can log into it by following these steps:

  1.     Go to
  2.     Enter your child’s login details (provided by the class teacher)
  3.     Your child’s homepage will appear.


Reading Books Online

We allocate books to your child according to their reading levels. These books will appear in the ‘My Stuff’ area of their personal homepages. There are quiz questions for your child to complete. By answering these questions, your child will earn ‘ActiveLearn Coins’. By reading more books, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward in one of the many reward schemes.


Parental Engagement

  • Look at the book cover and talk about your child’s expectations. Is the book likely to be fiction or non-fiction? Have you read other books together about these characters or by this author? What does your child think the book is going to be about?
  • Support your child when unknown words need tackling: you can sound them out, split them into syllables, or identify suffixes and prefixes. Remind your child to listen to the words while reading them, to make sure that they make sense. Have a ‘meaning check’ every now and again to ensure that your child understands the text.
  • Talk about the book. What was it about? Did it match your child’s expectations? Ask questions beginning with the words how and why to check that your child has been able to read between the lines. Ask whether anything seemed puzzling. Then ask your child to explain what the best and worst bits of the book were, and why.


We hope your child enjoys reading on Bug Club!

Should you have any further questions, please contact your child's class teacher. Thank you.

Bug Club Parent Guide