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Supporting Reading

Research has shown that regular reading with your children has a huge positive impact on their ability to be successful learners, their attainment in school and even on their future life chances. At Brooklands, we know how vital this is and wish for all of our children to be given this significant boost through daily reading at home.

There are so many benefits to reading with your child:

  • it develops a love of reading
  • it increases children's vocabulary
  • it exposes children to different contexts
  • it develops their understanding
  • it helps their reading

Support can be given in two ways: informal support and formal support. Both have been shown to be equally valuable and both should be part of daily reading with children of every age:

Informal support

  • Reading every day
  • Talking about books
  • Telling stories
  • Playing games based on books
  • Showing that you read

Formal support

  • Practising recall of the letters and sounds
  • Practising recognising ‘tricky’ words
  • Practising hearing sounds in words (segmenting)
  • Practising putting sounds together to make word (blending)
  • Getting children to read

Phonics

 We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' program from Nursery through to Year 1 which was published by Government in 2007. It teaches children the initial sounds that letters make before introducing alternative spellings as well as pairs or groups of letters that make sounds.

  • You can see the full programme that we follow here: Government - Letters & Sounds
  • The following website can be used to find supporting resources and games which you can use with your child at home: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
  • There are a number of videos available to show the correct pronunciation for adults. The Alphablocks program is particularly engaging for children:

 

Click here to download our presentation on supporting children's phonics.