• Mrs Rachel Sizer

    Early Reading and Phonics Lead

  • Mrs Jayne Narraway

    Phonics Link Governor

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to apply their phonological knowledge in order to read this book with fluency and independence.

A reading for pleasure book: This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Reading for pleasure book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The reading for pleasure book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

'How to' videos for parents

These three videos show you how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. it is important that the children produce pure sounds in order to support their blending skills which are vital to learning to read. Use the downloadable information to help your child remember how to write their letters and say their sounds.

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn Term 1
Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2
Phase sounds taught in Reception Spring Term 1
Letter formation and Pronunciation Guidance

Please see the following document links for some useful phrases to support your child when pronouncing and forming sounds. These are the phrases that we use in class on a daily basis so the children are familiar with them.