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.
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. Every time a child does any reading at home, not just their home reading book from school, a Parent/Carer can write a comment or sign their Home Reading Record. For every ten times a child reads at home, they will receive a Headteacher’s Prize from Mrs. Meredith.
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 and write.
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:
- www.jollylearning.co.uk (link is external) - Jolly Phonics
- www.parentlink.co.uk (link is external) - contains ideas to help at home
- www.bbc.co.uk (link is external) - school section (words and pictures for phonic activities)
- www.phonicsplay.co.uk (link is external)
- www.literacytrust.org.uk (link is external)
- www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=ww (link is external)
- www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/onlinestory.htm (link is external)
- www.snaithprimary.eril.net/rindex.htm (link is external) - nursery rhymes
- www.oxfordowl.co.uk (link is external) - over 250 ebooks, which can be read online; the colour and stages of the books link to the colour of your child’s Home School Reading Record
We teach children from the time that they start writing, to write in a joined, cursive style of writing. This ensures that as they get older, their handwriting will be exceptionally neat. For support with helping your child to form their letters correctly, please speak to your child’s class teacher.