"More than any other subject or skill, our children's futures are all but determined by how well they learn to read." - Children of the Code 2005

"Teaching the children phonics in the way we do has a huge impact on how they learn to read and write." - MV Staff

"I have watched the children being taught phonics in a fun way in school - no wonder they love it!" - MV Governor

"Thanks to the way the teachers have taught us about phonics through workshops and other information, we have been better equipped to help at home." - MV Parent

"I like to use my phonics to sound words out when I read. It helps me." - MV Pupil

"I am good at phonics because we do it a lot in school." - MV Pupil

Morley Victoria is a Bug Club Phonics school. Our Nursery and Reception children have started with this scheme in September 2022 and will use it throughout their time at Morley Victoria. Children in Year 1 and above are being taught the new scheme but have continued to use the grapheme cards that they were already familiar with from our previous approach (Read, Write, Inc).

We choose Bug Club Phonics for a number of reasons, including that it helps school transition from the 2007 Letters and Sounds progression, which we previously followed. We use the Bug Club Phonics reading books and e-books which are exactly matched to the order of teaching in the scheme. We also use the grapheme cards, grapheme posters and word cards throughout our teaching.

Bug Club Phonics is a comprehensive phonics teaching programme centred around an accessible and inclusive teaching approach. Evidence shows that working together fosters a sense of social inclusion for pupils and boosts the performance of those that may be progressing more slowly. It is one of the DfE’s approved systematic synthetic phonics programmes. Bug Club Phonics is designed to build children’s confidence and enjoyment of reading at the very start of their reading journey. It’s designed to get your children reading real books as soon as possible and feel empowered that reading is for them.

The teaching of phonics at Morley Victoria begins in Nursery and continues throughout school.

As a school, we teach the phonics phases in the following way: 

  • Nursery – Phases 1 - 2  
  • Reception – Phases 1 - 4 
  • Year 1 – Phases 3 - 5 
  • Year 2 – Phases 5 - 6 
  • Year 3 – Phases 5 - 6 

Bug Club Phonics is designed to keep the class together, leaving no child behind. At all stages, reading progress is assessed and gaps are immediately addressed to ensure every child secures strong phonics foundations.

On this page you will find links to useful documents and videos. If you would like to know more about our teaching of phonics or wish to speak to anyone about it, please contact the school office.

If you would like to know more about our teaching of phonics or wish to speak to anyone about it, please contact the school office.

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