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Reading/Phonics/High Frequency Words

Phonics (Mondays)

On a Monday, new spellings will be given out which connect to the sounds that we will be working on in class that week. It is important that the children work on reading them but also spelling them. On the following Monday, we will have a go at writing these words and try to remember the sounds that we learned. Children were given spelling books to practise in at the start of the year, but to make sure everyone has a chance to practise, we are sending home a practise sheet to help. 


Reading (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

It is vital that our children not only learn to read with the support of a grown up at home, but also see the value in reading from you! We send home two books  - one at the child's level and one which they may need support with. Helping them to become better readers is all about them having a positive experience and understanding what it is they have read. Allow them to read;  support by reading back the sentence as well as asking asking them questions such as: 'What do you think is going to happen next?' 'Why do you think they did that?' Children will have a reading diary page sent home on the Monday when they change their books, please sign it on the days you have read with them, as sometime the children can't recall. Books are changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children will gain a raffle ticket for each time they change their books, with a chance to win a book at the end of half term in our book raffle. 

High Frequency Words (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 

Research shows that learning just 13 of the most frequently used words will enable children to read 25% of any text. Learning 100 high frequency words gives a beginner reader access to 50% of virtually any text, whether a children's book or a newspaper report. When you couple sight recognition of common and tricky words with knowledge of phonics, that's when a child's reading can really take off. Children will be sent home with 5 words to learn by sight. When they are assessed in school, the words they get correct will be replaced with new words. 

Ideas for Tricky Words 

  • Use as flashcards to test knowledge of words which have already been learnt
  • Stick them on the stairs. As your child goes up to bed, they can read the words as they go. 
  • As the child learns each word, write the  word into a notebook. Read through the notebook for revision and practice.
  • 'Hide' a few cards around the room while your child isn't watching, then ask them to find and bring you the word 'and' for example. Swap places and let them hide the words and name them for you to find.
  • Write some on postits, place on some empty bottles and play skittles, allowing your child to read the words they knocked over. 
  • Use bath crayons to write the words on the bath. Ask your child to read them and clean them off!


Bedtime Books 

Having the chance to snuggle up with a book, is something all our children adore. As libraries are getting back to 'normal', we want to support our children further by offering a lending service of story books to enjoy with you. On a Friday, there will a basket to allow you to chose a book and take it home for the weekend. It will need to be returned the following week. Children will get the chance to write their friends a review of the book too.