In reception we continue the children's learning journey by sharing and enjoying books with each other every day; individually, in small groups and as a whole class.
The frequency of reading to children at a young age has a significant, positive effect on their reading skills and their cognitive skills later in life. Research shows that there is a difference in reading performance equivalent to just over a year's schooling between young people who never read for enjoyment and those who read for up to thirty minutes per day. [OECD (2002) Reading for Change: Performance and engagement across countries p.16-17]
In the Early Years we are in a unique position of fostering this love of reading and supporting children as they learn to read to continue this lifelong relationship with books and reading.
Within a few weeks, we will begin to teach daily phonics lessons which will allow the children to begin to sound out and begin to read simple words. Once we are sure they are confident with this process, we will begin to send books home so your child can read with you. A reading record will accompany the book and we would ask you to write in this record so we know the child has been read with. We will read all comments and answer any concerns or questions you may have either in person or via the reading record. We expect the children to read their book at least twice, ideally once at home and then at school. If you don't wish to comment, you can simply sign your name, however it is important that you sign the reading record so that we know it is ready to be changed.
Children select their own reading books because we believe in the importance of building and maintaining a love of books. As adults, we would not select a book to read that did not interest us and children should be given the same courtesy.
We use a number of different reading schemes to give the children a wide choice of books to choose from. In addition, the children will have the opportunity to visit the library once a week and choose a book that they can take home to share with you. This book can be kept until your child wishes to change it but a new book can only be taken out if the existing one is returned.
In reception, the only homework we send home is reading and some phonics work once we have started teaching phonics. The phonics work is a simple consolidation of the sounds learnt during the week and can be incorporated into your daily activities. For example, the first sound we teach is 's' so we would ask you to practise saying the sound with your child, writing the letter and then throughout the day pointing out objects that have the 's' sound in them. There will also be 'tricky' words (words that have to be learnt by sight because they cannot be sounded out) to be learnt to support reading fluency.
We also use an online program called 'Teach your Monster to Read' where children can log in and play games that help support their phonics learning. You can find all the details on the class page.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs S Dryden