Mr Simeson is our English lead and Miss March is our phonics lead.

English is fundamental to all areas of learning across the curriculum and has therefore been acknowledged to be of primary importance within Moldgreen Community Primary School.  We aim to develop the full potential of each child throughout the whole range of English skills providing structure for achievement towards end of year expectations.  We believe that effective learning draws on the experiences of the child, their knowledge, understanding and skills and is further enhanced through positive praise and encouragement to promote confidence and high self-esteem. 


Teaching of Reading and Reading for Pleasure

In January 2022 the school implemented a phonics scheme called Little Wandle. The scheme is very robust and based on our previous scheme of Letters and Sounds. Children learn phonics in well paced, interactive daily lessons. If children struggle to retain the sounds then catch up interventions take place.

Miss March, our Assistant Headteacher and Phonics Lead has held parent meetings to inform parents how we teach phonics. All staff at school have undertaken training and continue to have regular observations and training to ensure the teaching of the new scheme is rigorous and effective.

Our children have high quality reading books linked to the scheme so they are able to practice their phonics, to become confident readers. Group reading takes place in classes to ensure the phonics teaching sessions are having impact.

We are extremely lucky to be working alongside Teamworks English Hub at Greetland Acameny, an outstanding school in Calderdale. By working with the Hub we are able to access funding and the lastest training. 

Please watch the videos about our new scheme.


We do promote wider reading through teaching our wider curriculum by using high quality texts such as Traction Man, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Wind in the Willows and Wonder. The children are able to make links between subjects and they are happy to talk about the books.

Our classrooms have book corners with a range of books for children to choose from. We have a school library to choose books to borrow. We have Y6 librarians in the library at lunchtime to keep it organised.

To further the interest in books, children can purchase books though our Scholastic Book Club magazines and from our book fair events in school. We have also had author visits and virtual author links to develop the love of reading and promote story and poetry writing.

Please view our Reading in Moldgreen document and visit the Reading section of our English Curriculum pages.

Children in Year 1 will be assessed on their phonics in early June 2022. Children in Year 2 who did not take their test in summer were in November 2021.

Children will be assessed by their class teacher in the first instance or a teacher they know well. This is on a one to one basis.

Children will be asked to read 40 words supplied by the DfE. In the past, the children have had to read 32 correctly to achieve a pass. 

The children have had practise with this style of assessment in class and there are many examples on-line for you to support your child,

Some words are real and some words are made up. The made up words have an alien next to them so the children know they are 'alien' words. Sometimes these words look like 'real' words but the children must read them as they are written.

Parents can read the guidelines from links to the DfE web-site (www.gov.uk) or google phonics check 2022

Useful links are below:

Please see documents list as the bottom of this page for further help and support.

If you need any support, please discuss this with your child's class teacher or Mr Simeson or Miss March.

If you would like your children to explore some suitable websites, then we can suggest the following:


All Year 1 children have access to Reading Eggs and all have a log in. If you have a child in Year 1 and they are not using Reading Eggs, please see your child's class teacher.

Some Year 2 and KS2 children are also using Reading Eggs where required.

We have found in the past that some children have not done as well in SPAG tests due to their spelling ability. Also some children are not using the spellings they know on a day to day basis. Therefore we have subscribed to this website and all children from Y2 (once they have completed Phase 5 of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds) to Y6 should have a log in. If you think your child is not using this resource, please see the class teacher. www.spellingshed.com https://play.edshed.com/login

Children have opportunities to access this site at school but also need to log on at home. Children are already loving the game to improve their scores and therefore their spelling ability.


Children are awarded for their Reading Eggs and Spelling Shed attainment and progress in our achievement assembly each Friday.



Masked Reader Video 2022

The staff read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and last year read 'The Gruffalo'. Can you guess who is behind the mask?


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