Daily Reading and Phonics Tips
It is really important the children keep reading on a regular basis. We recommend they read to you for 15 minutes every day and that you read to them for an additional 15 minutes. For more useful tips on how to support reading at home, please visit the English Page.
To access our colour banded school reading books at home, please use either the Oxford Owl website or the Collins Big Cat website. We recommend that you select books from your child's colour band as this will be finely matched to their decoding and comprehension ability. However, they may like to read books from other book bands to either improve fluency or to be exposed to higher order vocabulary. Your child could read easier books to younger siblings to rehearse their fluency and expression and/or have harder books read to them by older siblings to concentrate on their comprehension skills.
Collin's Big Cat
To access The Collins Big Cat Ebook library simply follow these instructions:
Go to https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Portal.aspx
Click on the Teacher portal
Password: Parents20! (please note the capitalisation and the !)
To practise phonics go to https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ and play lots of wonderful phonics games.
Watch episodes of Alphablocks (these can be found on youtube) to practise segmenting and blending. (These can be useful for helping adults know the phonics too, as can the Geraldine Giraffe videos mentioned below). Remember to join in with the sounding out and reading.
For help knowing what specific graphemes (letters), digraphs (two letters together), trigraphs (three letters together) and split digraphs (vowel, then another letter then an e) sound like watch Geraldine Giraffe on youtube. You can search Geraldine Giraffe then any digraph etc. you want to focus on. E.g. 'Geraldine Giraffe o-e' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDms5bRsvq4
The Oxford Owl website requires you to sign up for free with an email address and then you can access hundreds of eBooks. For detailed instructions of how to do this please see the PDF below.
How to sign up to Oxford Owl eBooks
More Reading Activities
100 Books to read in ks1 challenge
Daily Phonics lessons from the DfE
Check out the Government's new YouTube Channel designed for Reception and Year 1.