From the beginning of the Reception year onwards children participate in daily Literacy sessions. This is where the majority of reading and writing will be developed in a structured and focused way. Children’s individual home reading work is complementary to our Literacy work in school. We love books in Reception and from the beginning, we immerse children in a range of quality texts of different genres including story books, information books and poetry. Texts are used alongside all play activities and eBooks are used frequently to motivate children to read.
We work on learning the phonemes (letters sounds) for reading and writing every day and we enjoy our daily visit from “Phonics Bug”.
For further details about this, please see our information “How we teach Phonics and Reading”.
We learn to form letters correctly, sitting properly, holding a pencil carefully and forming the letters in the right direction. This helps children to write more fluently and neatly. Children are very motivated to write in a range of situations, including outdoors and during our reception year, many children progress from being unable to write to producing a page of readable independent writing, which is a fantastic achievement!
What parents can do to help at home:
-Read as many books as possible, talk about them, act out parts of them together, compare similarities and differences in different books, talk about favourite books….
-Encourage your child to read his/her reading book daily and let us know about this in his/her “Home/School Activities Book”
-Encourage your child to read words wherever you are- in the supermarket/on signs/in restaurants etc.
-Play phonic games such as “I spy”, rhyming games, sounding out games
-Encourage writing at every opportunity- writing notes/cards, shopping lists, clues for games etc.