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What to Read?

Wherever possible, please read with your child at home and expose them to a variety of fiction and non-fiction. Not only is reading an essential life skill but it can be a really rewarding past-time where quality and interesting texts are available and it will help build your child's vocabulary as well as their written skills. The lists attached are not exhaustive but aim to provide an overview of potentially suitable books for your child to read with an adult and/or independently. Fairy tales and nursery rhymes are the ideal place to start learning to read and we would expect children to begin school with an understanding of the most well-known of these tales and rhymes. Please see your child's teacher if you would like advice as to how to help encourage your child to read.

Recommended Reads (Non-fiction) : Children's newspaper : A Newspaper that only reports good news : Topic-related reads

Magazines are a very useful resource for encouraging children to read in short bursts and to broaden their curriculum learning and interests, for example:

  • National Geographic for Kids
  • The Phoenix
  • The Week Junior
  • Aquila
  • RSPB
  • Wildlife Watch

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Phonics is taught from foundation stage to year 2 and to children who need further support with their reading in ks2. To access some fun games and activities please follow the link below: 

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