In the Autumn term when the children first start school, we will send home sound cards that the children have learnt at school. The children also choose and take home a "shared" bedtime story book which we change every Friday. We encourage children to choose a book which they like, however this may well be a book which they cannot read themselves. Please simply enjoy reading this- listening to you read a book is shown to greatly develop their story telling skills and understanding of story. So please, use your story telling voices (which means your funny- if a bit embarrassing!- character voices), to make them seem as exciting as possible!
At the end of Term 1, we will also send home "Phonic" reading books, which we will change every Wednesday. These books will match your child's ability much more closely, so please listen to your child read aloud each night.
The system is designed deliberately to allow your child to keep the book for 3 or 4 days. This has the following benefits:
1st reading- children may read slowly as they are trying to sound out each new word.
2nd reading- children will read with more fluency as the story is more familiar.
3rd reading- with increased fluency, children can now discuss the story with a clearer understanding of the events and characters.
Above all, please encourage your child to develop a real pleasure for reading. As they grow up good books will help them travel the world, meet new and interesting characters and become creative, imaginative people. As Matilda (From Roald Dahl's Matilda) puts it:
During Term 3 we will start setting home learning projects. These could range in subjects from art and design. maths, writing, science, history or Geography based. It is a lovely chance for you and your child to embark on a learning journey together helping your child learn and research new knowledge and master new skills and be proud of the work you achieve together.