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Reading at Home

Useful Phonics Websites and Apps to Support your child with their Reading

(fun interactive app to help support your child with their reading)

(interactive games to support sound recognition and reading ‘red words’)

(a selection of fun and interactive phonic games to support your child with their reading)                                                                                               

(a variety of Phonics games to support your child with their sounding out and sight-reading)

(activities to support your child with their reading)

(interactive games to support your child with their reading)

(how to break down longer unfamiliar words into syllables)

(games and activities to support word blending ’sounding out’)

(information about Phonics and resources available to buy to use with your child at home)

(Information on how to support a love of reading at home)



Lilac Wordless Books and Story books

We are building the children's reading comprehension skills by encouraging them to look at picture books with an adult. We talk about the book together and think about what might be happening on each page. Afterwards, we will ask the children to look through the book again, this time retelling the story out loud using their own words.


You can help support your child with their reading comprehension by asking them to retell their lilac reading books. You can also encourage your child to retell simple familiar stories using their own words. You can use your child's favourite stories at home to help with this. Your child will also bring home a 'bedtime story' in their book bag and are allowed to change this book as often as they want to.


Sharing books at bedtime can help support your child's vocabulary. Please try and share a book with your child every night. Please remember that the books you read at home don't always have to be fiction (stories). Your child may be more interested in fact books and encyclopedias. Children's magazines, poems and joke books can also be used to engage your child with reading.  


Blending Books 

Once your child can recognise the sounds taught in our Phonics lessons, they will begin to practise the blending (reading) process. We will use Fred Frog to help us with this.


Please don't worry if your child is not yet on a blending book, as all children learn at different rates. Rest-assured that we are working hard to support your child with their blending.


Please ensure that once your child is on a blending book, that you hear them read regularly. Little and often is key. We often find that reading in the mornings at the breakfast table can be more productive than trying to read in the evening when your child is tired after school. If your child is tired, you could take it in turns to read alternative pages and play games with the words in the books e.g: sounding a word out wrong and asking your child to correct you.