The easiest way to help your child with reading is to read with them each day. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story!
In Key Stage One and Reception, the focus is on recognising letters and the sounds they make. Children learn to blend sounds together to read words as well as learning ‘tricky words’ which need to be recognised by sight. Once children can recognise the majority of letters and can blend simple words, they will be introduced to Reading Scheme books which they will bring home. At Blakehill we use a combination of reading schemes. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, PM Starters, Bug Club and Phonics Bug. These give a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range.
It is important to remember that children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.
To help your child at home
- Read with your child every day – little and often is the best way to learn
- Make it enjoyable – if your child isn’t in the mood, try again later
- Rhyming books or stories with repetition are great fun and your child can join in too
- Be a role model – it’s important to let your child see you and other family members reading
- Play with letters: make them out of dough, bricks, or buy some magnetic letters and stick them on the fridge
- Play I-spy when you go out – use the sound the letter makes, rather than its name
- The lovereading4kids website is a great website to find recommendations for books at all different ages.