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Reading at home 


This week we have created a joint Reception blog to celebrate the importance of learning to read. As you know, there are seven different areas of learning that children in Reception focus on.


They are: 

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  3. Physical Development
  4. Literacy
  5. Maths 
  6. Expressive Arts and Design 
  7. Understanding the World 


They all hold equal importance with regards to your child's learning journey but you could say Literacy (and reading) sits above the rest. Children learning to read is such an important step in their educational life. For instance, if a child can read fluently, they can access lots of different areas of learning like reading maths questions or learning new information in a non-fiction book. 


At the end of the year, your child will try and achieve the word reading early learning goal: 

• Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs


• Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending


• Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words


Reading at home plays an important role in your child making progress towards this goal. We understand that reading at home can be tricky, especially after a long day at school or work. However, reading a page or even a word a day can make a real difference. 


The home learning activity for this week is a matching pairs phonics game. You could have a go at playing this at home to see how many digraphs your child can recognise. 


We have been teaching phonics through a new programme called Little Wandle for a while now. They have a parents page which shares lots of information about how your child will learn to read. Please have a look at the following website for more information.



If you have any questions about your child's reading journey, please speak to a member of Reception staff. 


We hope you all have a lovely weekend. 


Mr Bartle and Mrs Rudkin