At Moss Side we consider reading to be the key to unlocking the door for children to learn. As such, we place a heavy emphasis upon this skill as soon as children begin in EYFS.
From the start of EYFS, children use Letterland characters to learn phonetic sounds as they develop their ability to segment (split up sounds) before blending them back together in order to read a variety of words. This largely follows the structure set out in Letters and Sounds – although we are currently evaluating a range of systematic synthetic phonics programmes to support our curriculum even further.
The children are heard read on a daily basis by staff within school but the support of parents is encouraged as children take home their reading book from the Moss Side scheme (initially this will be Phonic Bugs as our decodable reading books, matched to the level of phonics that pupils are currently studying).
How can you help your child?
Many parents ask how they may encourage their child with reading and support their learning. Here are a few suggestions:
- Read your child’s school book every night
- Share high-quality reading books at home by reading to and discussing with your child – these could be from the school library or Leyland Library
- Encourage children to read in ‘real life’ situations eg. shopping lists, street signs
- Put subtitles on the TV – children quickly want to ‘read along’ as they watch
- Make it fun, not a chore!
If you require any further guidance, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher.