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 within the Book Band progression, as detailed in this picture:
Within these bands, the books are also 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 do it 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.
Where we are looking to provide additional support around a specific sound, we use the Jelly & Bean scheme of books, in which each book carefully matches a different phonics sound. The repetitive nature of these books really helps a child overcome a barrier they might have to a certain sound.
Reading with your child at home
In this section, you will find links to a series of videos which are designed to model to you how to read at home with your child. The videos show books from across the range of book bands:
This is a video of a Jelly and Bean early reader in the light pink band
This is a video of a confident reader in the dark pink band
This video is of a developing reader in the blue band
This video is of a child reading in the orange band
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