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Phonics and Reading

We use Storytime Phonics to support your child with their phonics and reading development. We introduce 4 new phonemes (or letter sounds) per week delivered through an exciting story with actions and visuals. We will send a blue phonics book home at the beginning of the year with all of the letter sounds your child will learn in reception class. We will let you know via Seesaw which sounds to practise with your child each week. In addition there will be 'tricky words' at the back.  We will also share 2 of the Storytime Phonics stories via Seesaw each week.

Due to the current situation, we cannot send a weekly reading book home. However, we intend to send a number of books home per half term that you can share with your child. In addition to this, we have access to digital books that you can view via a tablet, phone or computer. These will be aimed at your child's reading level and we will allocate them new books on a regular basis.  These books may contain words that the children must use their phonic skills to sound out, for example, s-i-t (says 'sit'). It may also contain 'tricky words' the children cannot sound out, for example, 'to' or 'the'. We advise you to share the book with your child each night for about 5 minutes - little and often is best to prevent your child from becoming restless or tired. Other books will be matched to the children's individual needs and increasing ability to read key words and decode independently as we move through the year. Your child is not expected to learn the words directly or out of context just yet - please read the words with your child and help to model reading left to right, turning one page at a time. It is helpful to point out any repetitive text on the pages and use picture cues to help with new words. For example; mum is sleeping  /  mum is driving / mum is eating etc.