Moorside High School

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Literacy Across the Curriculum

Books Matter- Make a difference and READ!!!!


At Moorside High School we aim to promote independent and motivated learners and readers, and aim to develop a love of reading and a passion for English in order to equip pupils with the necessary skills for later life.  We believe that attainment and reading go hand in hand, and reading is an essential skill for all areas of the curriculum.

Literacy skills are essential for young people to reach their potential in school and allow them to fulfil opportunities throughout life.  In England, 5.2 million adults are described as “Functionally Illiterate”, and it is now more important than ever to develop the literacy and reading skills of our young people.

At Moorside High School, we are striving to make a difference and there are many strategies that we have in place in order to raise attainment and the profile of reading in our school.

  • All pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 will be expected to have a reading book with them at all times. We have provided all pupils in KS3 with a reading book of their choice to kick start their reading journey, and all English teachers keep a record of the books that pupils are reading to ensure that it meets their ability. During form time on designated days, pupils, as well as form tutors will “Drop everything and read”
  • KS3 book club
  • Annual reading and spelling tests are completed by all pupils in KS3 in their English lessons, and results are closely scrutinised by the English department, and any pupils who are identified as having spelling and reading ages under 10 are highlighted for further intervention, which includes peer mentoring during form times, where our year 9 pupils have been given training to help promote an enjoyment of reading and skills to their peers.
  • Guided Reading with Mrs Graham & Miss Smith.
  • Advice for parents to help their child read and succeed.
  • Literacy starters for all year groups, focusing on a specific areas of literacy skills. 

We need your help to make a difference.


How can you help your child to succeed?

  • Encourage your child to read more at home- This can be absolutely anything, ranging from an autobiography to a magazine that they are interested in. Reading anything will help your child to develop crucial inference and deduction skills, as well as developing their concentration skills.
  • Question your child about what they have read. If they are reading a newspaper or a magazine article, question them about what the article is about, what the main message of the article is, what the purpose of the article is, how the article uses language to establish a certain tone to their writing.
  • Highlight all the positive words in the article and think about what this does to the tone of the article.
  • Highlight all the negative words in the article- thinking carefully about the use of adjectives and the effect of them.
  • Highlight all the persuasive devices that are used in the article, such as IMPERATIVE VERBS, ALLITERATION, METAPHORS, ANECDOTES, FACTS, OPINIONS, RHETORICAL QUESTIONS, EMOTIVE LANGUAGE, STATISTICS, THREE ( RULE OF), EXPERT OPINIONS, REPETITION and think about the effect of them.
  • If your child is reading a fictional novel, question their understanding about certain characters within the novel, thinking carefully about how the writer has used language to present the character to you and to make you feel a certain way about them.
  • Think about the descriptive elements of the novel that they are reading- how does the writer establish the setting and the mood to you through the use of language?  
  • Set aside time for your child to read each day- whether they are reading to you or to themselves, they are developing vital skills.
  • Encourage your child to analyse the vocabulary that is used in the text that they are reading and explore new words together.
  • Encourage your child to be independent in their approach to reading- encourage them to join a local library and take out books that will challenge them and will ignite their imagination. 

Our New Initiative


Last term Moorside High School introduced a new initiative to further enhance our current Literacy program.  A number of pupils from year seven were selected to “Test Drive” the scheme.  All those who took part showed dedication, a positive attitude and supported each other with the over arching aim to increase their reading ages. Meeting once a week, they worked in small dedicated groups working through various modules.  The purpose being to reinforce the building blocks and skill set required to be a successful reader and further promote both reading for pleasure and to enhance their academic progress. Results have shown that over the six week period participating pupils have increased their reading ages by at least two years. Furthermore, the increase in their personal confidence in reading and comprehension is evident and invaluable. We have a dedicated team of four staff qualified in delivering the program.  Following the successful pilot scheme, this will be made available to pupils in KS3 and will be offered as an addition alongside the current Library Lessons, Reading Challenges and Peer Mentor Reading initiative.

Meet the team:

Mr Williams

Miss Smith

Mrs Copestake

Mr Kershaw

Mr Hackett

Suggested Reading List

 Title Author
The Diabolic  S. J. Kincaid 
 A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in)  Patrick Ness 
 Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh  Cornelia Funke
 The Deviants  C. J. Skuse 
 The Fever Code  James Dashner
 The Penalty  Mal Peet
 North Face  Matt Dickinson
 Terror Kid  Benjamin Zephaniah
 Dread Eagle  Alex Woolf

Messenger of Fear

Michael Grant 
The Crossover Kwame Alexander 
The Hunted Charlie Higson
ZOM-B Baby Darren Shan 
 Hostage Three Nick Lake 
Dead Ends Erin Jade Lange
Divergent Veronica Roth
Road of the Dead Kevin Brooks
Farenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, Book 1)    James Dashner
The Haunting of Jessop Rise Danny Weston
Light Michael Grant
Zero Hour  Will Hill
The Haunting of Jessop Rise Danny Weston
Wonderboy Nicole Burstein
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen  Susin Nielsen