Supporting Your Child With Reading - EYFS & KS1
The books and reading materials we have in school are closely matched to the developmental stage of each individual child. In Reception, learning to read starts with wordless picture books which provide an opportunity for adults to make up their own stories, guide conversations about what the story could be and also to explore vocabulary.
As children move through Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they work through books which are carefully mapped out in a progression of phonics sounds to ensure your child is developing their next step every time they read. These phonics-development books are changed weekly in school. We don't change books more regularly than this as it is important that your child reads and then re-reads a book to help them grow in confidence and fluency. Your child will also have a library book which they have chosen to share with you enhancing their love of reading for pleasure.
Top tips when reading at home
- Make time for reading - it shouldn't be a chore; it should be fun, quality time between a child and their parents
- Don't rush straight into the reading - spend some time talking about the front cover, what you know already about this book / this author, and what you think might happen
- Listen carefully to how your child is sounding out the word - always come back to mistakes and show them how it should be read before asking them to try and say it again accurately