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Parental Support: readers become writers

Wherever you can, please support your child to help them meet the heightened expectation in literacy with confidence. Please see your child's teacher (or Miss Haji or Mrs Emery) if you would like specific advice as to how you could help your child at home to meet these writing targets, or with any other area of literacy. Reading - anything and often - remains the crucial skill that is essential when developing literacy and is fundamental in developing writing skills. Knowledge of the world is crucial to understanding what is being read, so whilst fiction is very enjoyable and often the 'go to' when providing reading material for children, non-fiction topic-related reading should not be overlooked. As with all learning, writing should be fun and playing games is an excellent way to approach this with your child whilst also helping them to acquire new vocabulary and skills.

Nursery and Foundation Stage children are busy learning nursery rhymes this Spring Term.  Perhaps you could ask at home if your child can sing these to you - to help promote this life skill and love of learning.


Handwriting begins in EYFS with pencil grip and correct posture. Finger Gym activities can help strengthen fine motor skills which will aid children's handwritten skills. Oxford Owl provides useful tips to help with handwriting at home from age 3 to 11 (all ages are available via the link below).