English: Reading and Phonics

At Morningside, we have created a Reading Pathway which leads children from their first first steps of reading, developing a love of reading and creating fluent and confident readers, who by the end of year 6 are well-able to clarify and question a range of texts.

For details of the pathway, click on this link: Morningside Primary School reading pathway

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children experience a range of high quality books which they talk about, act out and explore as they develop their vocabulary and love of reading. In Nursery and Reception children learn Phonics and early reading skills through the Read Write Inc programme. Watch Sylvie pronouncing the set 1 and 2 sounds:

Children in years 1-6 have a 50 minute reading lesson every day. This is because we believe reading is the key to all learning. Children continue their reading journey, stepping onto the Roots Programme at the beginning of year 1. Roots and Wings are part of  Success for All (SfA) which supports children at every stage of reading until the end of year 6.

Alongside this children in year 1 and 2 receive a daily 20 minute Read Write Inc Phonics lesson. Children in years 2-6 move onto the Read, Write Inc Spelling programme when they are secure in their knowledge of phonics.

Why is SfA so good?

score sheetSfA is more than just a reading programme. It promotes cooperative learning behaviours and positively supports engagement through whole team points and cheers


DSC_1369Children begin their SfA journey with the Roots programme.

This promotes early reading skills through:




  • children practising reading daily
  • the study of ‘real books’ alongside phonic readers to promote comprehension skills
  • teaching children in small groups matched to the skills they need to learn

Come along to one of our regular workshops to find out more


Children move onto the Wings programme as soon as their Phonic knowledge and reading fluency are secure.

  • Wings supports and challenges both basic and more competent readers
  • Develops their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry
  • In most cases children read the whole book
  • The books are supported by well-thought-out, structured teaching materials that stimulate discussion about the text
  • The five levels of materials include detailed daily lesson plans for teachers and pupil materials that support them.

As mentioned above the children are grouped according to ability. Every eight weeks the children are assessed and can SFA groups, so they are appropriately challenged.

For more information about SfA at Morningside, please click here.

For more information on SfA, please click here.

Reading Together

reading ks2Many of our older children often spend time with our youngest readers helping them develop their reading skills

The greatest gift you can give to a child is to read to them

We all know that reading opens the door to all learning.
A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.
A good reader will be able to read challenging material.
A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.
The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.

10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read

As parents you are your child’s most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read.

Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.
1. Choose a quiet time
2. Make reading enjoyable
3. Maintain the flow
4. Be positive
5. Success is the key
6. Visit the School Library – Pick a book that will encourage your child to get into the habit of reading a book for enjoyment’s sake.
7. Regular practice – Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best. Teachers have limited time to help your child with reading.
8. Communicate – Use the contact book and try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns.
9. Talk about the books
10. Variety is important