Reading with your Child (including phonics)

In KS1 we use a scheme called ERR (Early Reading Research) to teach children how to read. It is a daily lesson which teaches children all 26 letter sounds, 40 letter combinations and 100 high frequency words. It is based on a program which teaches children how to 'synthesize' ie put sounds together to help with reading, and to 'segment' ie starting with the whole word and breaking it up to help with spelling and writing. It teaches children to 'decode' phonically (by sounding out) and also by 'whole word recognition'. We use a variety of reading scheme books including Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star.
From September 2021, we will be using StoryTime Phonics in EYFS and year 1.

Here are some useful websites for supporting children's reading.

Parents  / carers of children in the Early Years may like to view this Sway presentation/video (below) , written by our teachers, about early reading. 
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Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects

Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more - it helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child. And it's never too early to start reading with your child!  Below are some simple ideas to make reading fun at home.

Set aside some time

Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer.

Ask your child to choose a book

Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters and they are more likely to engage with the book.

Sit close together

Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.

Point to the pictures

If there are illustrations and relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.

Encourage your child to talk about the book

Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.

And lastly and above all - make it fun!

It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices, children love this!