Reading Support

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Reading Hints

Children learn to read by sharing books regularly with adults but there is a big difference in reading words for themselves, using their school reading books, and learning about the language of stories, the purpose of reading and fostering a love of reading, using books beyond your child's own reading ability.

Do not expect your child to read to you at bedtime! This is best done earlier in the evening or before school when your child is more able to concentrate as you are asking their brain to work hard.

Instead, snuggle up and share a picture book, where the adult reads the text, at bedtime. At this age, children enjoy listening to stories and joining in with repeated words or rhyming sounds. It is perfectly ok to read favourite books over and over again.

Blending

Download or print out

these sheets to support your child's

phonics blending.

(You can always write out the words onto pieces of paper if you do not have a printer.)

Blending Fluency Sheets.pdf

Sight Words

Download or print out

these sheets to support your child's

sight words.

(You can always write out the words onto pieces of paper if you do not have a printer.)

Sight Words - check sheets.pdf

Reading and Spelling Common Exception Words

Children need to be able to 'see and say' these words without having to sound them out.

Try learning 5 words at a time. (Start with the words in the left hand column.)

Please see your child's spelling book to to see the words from this list they are currently learning to spell.

Eng-Common-Exception-Words-Years-1-and-2-Word-Mat_ver_1.pdf