This area of the curriculum involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are taught to read using a variety of skills, including the teaching of phonics using the Read Write Inc scheme of work. We also use picture/word recognition and high frequency words. Writing is a vital life skill. Even though there are ever increasing mediums for written communication, e.g. text, email, it is still necessary for children to be able to communicate using a good standard of written English.
How can parents and carers help?
- Read stories regularly to your child.
- Join your local library, it is free!
- Children must learn to control a pencil before learning how to write letters. Encourage your child to draw using pencils, felt-tips, crayons and chalks.
- Show them how to hold a pencil correctly.
- Teach your child how to write their name using a capital letter for the first letter and then lower case letters for the rest of their name.
- Write together with your child. Write shopping lists, instructions and postcards when you are on holiday.
- Let your child write by themselves. It may look like scribbles to you but please praise their efforts and ask them what they have written.