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At Home

*Key points for learning at home are in this shade of blue



The reading process in our school begins with sharing stories and modelling good reading behaviours.  Children in Reception have regular story time which is their opportunity to listen to and become lost in a good book.


The teaching of phonics to young children, using Red Rose Letters and Sounds, is a gateway into the world of learning to read and write competently.  We aim to teach our Reception children to recognise the sounds of the alphabet, learn to blend those sounds together to read and write words.


Regular opportunities to practise reading are given through shared reading activities, 1:1 reading with adults and small guided reading sessions.  All children in Reception have home reading books which are suited to their own reading ability to practise and show-off their skills.  In addition to this, children in Reception class develop independent book choosing skills through use of our school library.


We use a range of reading schemes in school as we believe that breadth of reading is important.  The schemes include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Home reading is a key factor in the reading development of a child: the more practise a child gets, the more fluent and accurate their reading will become. We encourage our children to read regularly at home and we promote home/school communication through reading diaries.



Please try to read every night at home and record it in your child’s reading record.  We recommend reading for as many minutes as your child's age, plus four minutes.  Don't overdo it and be sure to congratulate yourselves each time!


Short regular reading sessions really make a difference to the progress your child makes.



Topic Homework


Topic homework for each half term can be downloaded below.  There are a range of small activities to choose from in each topic.  Please try to complete act least one activity a week.


Teaching Methods


If you're keen to lend a helping hand at home but concerned about teaching your child differently from the school, we hear you.  Our Curriculum section, located within the School's Policies page, offers detailed insights into the teaching methods we employ across various subjects.  From long addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to English grammar and beyond, you'll find comprehensive guides to ensure consistency and support your child's learning journey.  Feel free to explore and access this valuable resource, providing you with the confidence to assist your child's education at home.

What to Expect, When?

'What to Expect, when?' is a useful guide for parents to engage with while their children are in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Online Resources


When following links online, parents should monitor that children are remaining on that page only and are keeping safe online.