Read your school books from cover to cover a million times already?
Bounced through all your Pocket Rockets so you know them off by heart?
Don't Panic! There are lots of other texts to explore from home. You don't have to be in school to access them. The following websites are our BEST FRIENDS for book-lovers, you can login/register for free and access a whole shelf of wonderful eBooks from the comfort of your sofa .
Every child has been assigned a coloured book band which was their reading level at the end of last term. You will most likely find this in their Reading Record - if you need a helping hand, Dojo message their class teacher (Miss Francis or Mrs Jax) to ask for it again. Select the corresponding folder below for extra yummy information specific to that colour.
We are acutely aware that children's reading often progresses fairly swiftly during their early years and will happily consider adjusting their book band level, however ask that you allow this decision to be made by school staff rather than racing them through colours yourselves. Send us a Dojo video of your child independently reading and a message to say you think they might be read, and we'll take it from there!
Comprehension (understanding what is happening in the story) is JUST AS important as being as to technically read (turning letters into words and saying them). You will find comprehension questions appearing in the coloured folders as the days go on, please please refer to these from time to time to keep reading skills balanced (and of course, ask your own!).
Looking for words to read and learn, that can add a spring to your step while reading and writing?
In Reception and Year 1, our first focus is on learning High Frequency Words and Tricky Words. These come up lots during our phonics sessions and are the kind of words we use in everyday language so are highly likely to want to write down too. We have colour coded your HF and Tricky words and organised them by Phonics Phase below.
Begin with Phase 2 and set your child a challenge to read and/or write a page at a time. Once they are fluent readers, they will be able to 'sight-read' (look at the word and recall it straight away without sounding out). This is the point at which they are ready to move on to the next set. When your child is writing, encourage them to be referring back to their latest sheet to ensure their spellings are correct - again, once they are able to write these without support or checking, they are ready to move on!
You may well find that some words are absorbed easier than others, this is common and natural. Perhaps cut these individual words out and stick them up around your home - use them as a 'password' to be read before opening cupboards or walking through doorways, to make learning a little more fun .
Enjoying listening to stories? How about exploring some of these: