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At this stage of the Reception year, it is really important that a child gains a good understanding of phonics so that they can apply this to reading and writing as they go through their school career. Reading always comes first, and as they grow in confidence with their reading they will begin to find it easier to start writing simple words and sentences.

Please use the videos and links below to support your child to complete the daily phonics activities that we set as well as to enjoy some reading for pleasure. A little every day will make a huge difference! Happy Reading!

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.Find...

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.Find more phonics help on O...

Children should be exposed to text for 10 minutes a day. Some days that can be them reading, Other days it might be you reading to them. Have you considered letting someone else read to your child instead? Here are some suggested pages you could visit: 


  • Cbeebies bedtime stories (iplayer) 


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Daily reading and family quiet reading time

We recommend that for 10-20 minutes a day, the whole family reads a book of their choice. You too grown ups!  Reading reduces stress by 66%

It also shows children the importance of taking the time to read.


Whole family read aloud

The family chooses a book that is read aloud for 10-20 minutes a day (maybe at bedtime), the whole family can all have a discussion and enjoy.


Reading Diary

Keeping a reading diary of what the children/ your child has read (or had read to them) would be a great thing to share with your class teacher when you get back to school. You could note the title, maybe draw a picture of the cover and say what was your favourite thing about that story.