Helping Your Child

How to support your child's learning at home


READING

Learn how to pronounce pure sounds which is the very first step in teaching children to read in Reception. We teach children different ‘sets’ of sounds depending on where they are on their reading journey. Please talk to your child’s class teacher to ascertain which ‘set’ your child is currently working on: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/



http://www.booktrust.org.uk – On this website you can access booklets about reading with your child. Alternatively, you can use the ‘bookfinder’tool for an easy way to find the perfect book for you, your family and friends: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/#/d/books/bookfinder/


http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/reluctant-readers-how-to-become-a-good-reader/ – Ideas on how to convince your reluctant reader to become a bookworm!


http://readkiddoread.com – This website has a series of suggested books for each age range, with a particular focus on reluctant readers and boys.


http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ – The Oxford Owl Website is packed with expert advice on how to support your child at home with reading and phonics and there are 250 FREE eBooks! There is a ‘Fun Ideas’ area which contains loads of great suggestions for activities and games you can do at home or out and about which is age specific. Well worth a look!



http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ – A fantastic website for helping you choose the best books to read. There is a ‘book of the month’ recommendation, eBook store and a set of suggested books for reluctant readers of all ages.



http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – Click on the ‘Free Phonicsplay’ area to access a wealth of information about how children are taught to read. There is also information on how to support pre-schoolers, with a series of games that can be played at home. The ‘children’s’ section of this website has great games to support the development of reading also. Talk to your child’s class teacher to see which ‘phase’ games your child should be playing.



http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds – The Top marks website has a fantastic set of phonic based games for 3-5 year olds which will support their early reading skills.
 
http://www.historic-newspapers.co.uk/info/teaching-history-resources - Newspapers are a wonderful way to teach children about major events as the contain eye witness accounts fro people who were present at the time, making it a great way to aid reading, learning and engage interest and imagination.



SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION (SPAG)
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds – Here are great games to support 5-7 year olds with phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing in a fun way!



http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar – A series of super games to support 7-11 year olds with spelling, punctuation, grammar, writing and reading.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/ – Support your Key Stage 2 child with spelling and grammar via this web link. The video links are fantastic for understanding tricky terminology in a simple way.



http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ – Use this website to develop English skills at home via a series of fun games. Click on your child’s specific phase in school (Early Years/Key Stage One or Key Stage Two) and click on the ‘Literacy’ tab to open up a whole selection of games targeting specific areas of English. The Key Stage Two grammar games are particularly helpful.