Support For Early Reading And Writing


Please read the attached guides for supporting early reading and writing at home and support your child through their learning journey.


Read together every day

Children need to read little and often, so snuggle up with a book or sit at the screen together at a time that works for you both (or all!). Also try to keep a regular slot each day for a special relaxing reading time if possible – we all need that!

Read everywhere you go

Read on the move and show your child how you read words everywhere you go too. Point out words they might recognise, including signs and logos in the street or on labels.

Find your favourites and add to them

Children love to listen to and read their favourite books over and over again and to remember some parts by heart. That’s fine as enjoyment and memory play a key part in learning to read. Add to their list of favourites by reading stories of all kinds, rhymes, poetry and information books too.

All join in

Start asking your child to join in with bits that are repeated in stories, e.g. ‘Run run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!’. Traditional stories, like The Gingerbread Man, are really good for this and children will love doing the voices!

Talk about books, words and pictures

Before you start reading a book, talk about the title, the pictures on the cover (front and back). Look through the pictures together and ask your child what they think the story might be about.

Talk about stories and events

As you read and when you’ve finished, sometimes ask questions about the story. What was your favourite bit? What do you think about that? What would you do? Get your child to ask you questions too. Don’t overdo it though – otherwise you can lose the thread of the plot.

Retell stories

Sometimes after you have shared a story, ask your child to retell it to you. Help by asking What happened first? What next? And then what? Can you remember what happens at the end?! Encourage them to use plenty of expression.

Listen to and sing songs and rhymes

Singing lots of songs and nursery rhymes helps your child to hear the sounds in words and build up a bank of known favourites. Play with words and sounds and make up nonsense rhymes in songs or nursery rhymes they know. Encourage them to join in

Click on the image below to find out more about our Phonics programme and pronunciation guide that we follow in Nursery. You can also click on the video below which shows the Jolly Phonics in action which we use to supplement our scheme. You can practise the rhymes with your children at home. 




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