Reading in Reception
In Reception, the teaching and practice of reading begin to be teacher-led, through whole class sessions or group or guided reading. It’s by singing and hearing stories that children gain an understanding of what words actually mean. I'm talking about comprehension.
Children also draw on their own experiences (the language and stories they know), the setting of the story and the pictures to help them understand what they are reading about. Comprehension skills are vital in making sense of what the words say and interpreting meaning.
A reading scheme
A reading scheme is structured and levelled set of books written specifically to ensure that your child can take steady and progressive steps towards reading success.
The Read Write Inc. Phonics Sound Blending Books provide extra practice for those children who are beginning to blend confidently. The Sound Blending Books are simple, one-word-per-page books for individual or partner practice. Each word is first encountered on the right-hand page. When the child turns the page, they will see the word again, with any digraphs ('special friends') underlined and an accompanying picture, so they can check they have read the word correctly.
Reading linked to writing
Once children begin to sound out letters to read words, they can begin to say the sounds needed to write simple words and are encouraged to have a go at this from early on. Your child will start to write simple sentences, to form letters correctly and to begin to notice punctuation marks and to use them.