Once your child joins our Reception class, they are taught letter sounds through the use of the Read Write Inc scheme. As these sounds are taught they are sent home so that you can support your child with extra practice.
During this early stage, “talkabout” books (books with few or no words) are also sent home. These are for you to share with your child, discussing the pictures and talking through the story. These books are an important way in which your child can learn very early book skills and also begin to enjoy the routine of sharing more formal learning experiences with parents and carers.
As your child starts to know some letter sounds, he or she will be taught to blend these sounds from left to right in order to read simple words. When this skill is in place, your child will be given a reading book containing words which can be sounded out. You can help at home by running your finger under each sound in turn to encourage this blending.
These books will also contain words which cannot be blended, such as I and he. These are called red words, and in class we teach your child to recognise them on sight by using flash cards.
Now is the time to enjoy your child’s steps to success but don’t forget to keep talking about the story and have fun sharing the book together!
Top Tips for Reading at Home
Try to make reading time fun. Aim to do little and often, but not when your child is tired.
Encourage your child to look at any pictures in the reading book to get an idea of what it is about. Talk to your child about the pictures.
Your child will try to work out unknown words by using sounds and this should be encouraged. For words that cannot be blended, help your child work out words by looking at other words in the sentence.
Talk about the book as much as possible. Ask your child to explain what happened or ask questions about the story.
Draw attention to punctuation marks and help them to read with feeling, eg “Hooray!” they shouted.
Reading is Fun!
At LCPS we want to ensure that all our pupils learn to read, read to learn and, above all else, learn to love reading!
At school, your child has access to a well-stocked library, engages in entertaining story times and enjoys events during book week, all of which contribute to the development of a love of reading.
You can help your child at home by reading all sorts of books together and by using the local library.
Remember, not only is reading interesting and fun but – Children who read succeed!
Your child will be given a reading book and reading diary, both of which are brought to school every day in the child’s reading bag. The diary is for comments from everyone who listens to your child read, including adults at home.
Staff in school listen to your child read regularly and change books as often as necessary. We teach your child to read, but, as with any new skill, practice makes perfect so any extra support given at home will help your child to make greater progress.
More detailed ideas for support and questions, particularly for learners in upwards, can be found on the Frog website.