Each week you will receive a ‘Sounds of the Week’ email. This will tell you which sounds and tricky words we are teaching, as well as giving you some words to practise blending and reading with your child. Your child may also have specific sounds that they need to practise - look out for a sticker on their jumper!
When your child is ready, they will be given a reading practice book for the week. This will be in line with our phonics scheme. The book will be chosen carefully to match your child’s secure phonic knowledge; they should be reading it at 95% fluency. The purpose of reading at home is to practise what has been taught in school, therefore the book will be familiar to your child and they should be confident reading it to you.
Please hear your child read this book daily and make a note of this in their Reading Record. It is beneficial for children to re-read the same book multiple times to build up their fluency, prosody and comprehension skills.
Your child will also bring home a 'sharing book' for you to read to them. Children choose this book themselves, often picking something that interests them. The purpose of the sharing book is to promote a love of reading and to develop children's vocabulary acquisition. We hope you enjoy the experience together.
There are a large number of resources available to support families, including film clips, termly overviews, support for tricky words, pronunciation guides and a really useful explanation of the two types of book coming home ('Reading Practice' and 'Sharing Book') - LWLS Parent Resources.
Each half-term we will send home a project linked 'Home Learning' sheet. This includes lots of ideas for activities that you can complete at home together. You do not have to do these, however they will support and build on your child's learning at school. Copies of the different resources can be found below: