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Learning to Read

Learning to read in Reception



Our reading books are organised to ensure every child receives a book at the correct level for them.  The children will initially be introduced to wordless picture books and are encouraged to talk about the pictures, predict endings etc. They will then progress onto simple texts, which introduce high frequency words and phonetically decodable words.


Reading is taught through synthetic phonics.  A “Letters and Sounds” session introduces letter sounds, letter names and ‘tricky’ words systematically to the children every day. The programme allows children to build up a secure knowledge of phonemes, graphemes, digraphs and trigraphs as well as an automatic recognition of ‘tricky’ words.


Homework consists of children bringing home phonics reading books containing the sounds taught that week or sounds they need to consolidate their learning.  When children are reading phase 2 books or above they will also bring home library books to discuss with you.  We ask that you read every day with your child.  Please use the leaflets which come home explaining your child's targets for each book band, do not hesitate to speak with us if you have any questions.  Each week we will send home the learning log to make you aware of what your child has been learning in school.  Your child will not bring a book home that they do not have the skills to read.  Only when we have taught a set of letters will we send a book home for them to read to you.  We hope you have a lot of fun reading with your child.