On a Friday children are invited to select a book of their choice to share with you at home. They can keep this book for one week. The purpose of the activity is to share the book and encourage your child to talk about what has happened in the story.
Every child will be given an exercise book with plain pages where they are encouraged to do some mark making about the book they have shared. This could be a picture from the story or information book. We ask you to annotate this so that the following week we can share the mark making with your child.
Every Friday your children wil be set home learning via the Seesaw platform. The home learning will be relevant to an activity or area we have learnt in class – for example, if learning about 2D shapes they may be asked to go on a shape hunt and draw some 2D shapes; or if learning about the park or farm they may be asked to design their own park/farm and have a go at labelling it.
Home learning is intended to help with their school learning and will be simple and often practical. It should be a fun activity to complete together rather than a chore.
Home learning must be submitted by Wednesday. After this time it will be archived ready for new home learning to be set.
The children are at a crucial stage in their reading so it should be an enjoyable time for all involved. We send home three books a week:
- Monday - a levelled free-choice reading book which is closely matched to the child’s reading ability and the phonics phase that they are working at. Children are encouraged to apply the sounds they know when reading the book as well as developing their comprehension skills. It is important that adults support their children to develop their early reading skills. This book is removed from the book bags on Friday.
- Wednesday - the children choose a book from the book corner for you to read to them at home. This book is to develop reading for pleasure. This book is removed from the book bags on Friday.
- Friday - a levelled book which has been shared in class during shared reading sessionswill be assigned to children via the E-Collins website.
It is important that your child reads their books several times to improve fluency and help them understand what they are reading. At the early stages of reading they should be looking at each page as well as talking and asking questions about the pictures. When revisiting the book, they can be encouraged to follow the text with their finger and attempt to read some of the words. Repeat readings of the same text will help fluency and comprehension skills. Don’t worry if they are memorising the text, this is normal but encourage them to point to each word as they say it.
We teach the following strategies to work out words, so please use them when listening to your child read:
- Segmenting (sounding out) – for example, c-a-n, c-a-t, t-r-ee, j-u-m-p
- Blending (pushing the sounds together) – for example, d-o-g = ‘dog’
Use the pictures as clues. Some words are ‘tricky words’ and simply have to be learnt, such as 'the', 'was', 'they' and 'home'. If you are having difficulties getting your child to complete their reading or home learning then please speak to your class teacher.