Parents and Carers

At Marine Academy Primary we know that Parents and Carers are very important in ensuring that students enjoy a successful learning experience. The Academy, its staff, curriculum and extra activities are here to support you and your child, and by working together we can equip all of our students with the skills, attitude and knowledge to make the most of their futures.

Supporting your child with Reading & Phonics are two ways in which you can really help their progress.

Reading

What can Parents and Carers do to make reading fun?

For younger readers; let your child hold the book, allow plenty of time for discussion before you turn over a page. "What do you think will happen next?" is a valuable question and if your child is too tired or reluctant to join in, just make it an opportunity for you to read in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

As your child gets older, do not worry if their reading is not word perfect. If they are making sense of the text, this does not matter e.g. "house" instead of "home", "Good dog, Spot" instead of "Good boy, Spot". It would matter, however, if they read: "He got on his house and rode away", as this would have changed the meaning. Always be ready to take over if your child is struggling. With your help they will succeed and will want to read at home, more and more as a result.

Some children may have reached the stage where they no longer wish to read to an adult and want to read silently to themselves. To ensure that your child's reading development continues to move forward, it is good to question your child about what they are reading, this will extend their understanding and provide them with the opportunity to share their enjoyment of the book.

For all children, try to choose a quiet time every night with your child, and make yourselves comfortable. Please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher if you have any questions about reading at home.

Home Reading Records

To provide you with maximum information about your child’s reading, we have matched the colour of their Home Reading Record to the colour band book that they are currently reading. Inside the front cover of the book, there is further information about reading at home but also your child’s Reading Target Card; this will allow you to see what target your child is currently working on and the level that they are working towards.

Reading Targets

Inside the Home Reading Record, the targets will be dated by your child’s class teacher when they start focusing on them; please colour in a fish every time they show you that they have achieved this target at home. When they have all six feet coloured in and have shown their teacher that they have achieved the target, they will put a sticker next to it and set a new target. The targets will not be set in a specific order and some will take longer than others to achieve, so please do not be concerned. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher.

Phonics

Starting in the Early Years Foundation Stage, moving into Key Stage One and then when necessary, throughout the rest of the school; Phonics is our main tool for teaching children to read.

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skillfully. They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

Each week your child will receive a Phonics Sheet which will focus on the sounds that they have been taught that week.

Websites for Parents/Carers to visit to further support their children’s reading and phonics at home