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Helping Your Child to Read and Write

At South Hiendley Primary School, we believe that supporting children to learn to read is very much a partnership between home and school. This booklet has been designed by Mrs. Whelan, our English Subject Leader, to provide ideas for how parents can help their children when reading. We hope you will find it both interesting and helpful. If, after reading the booklet, you have any questions, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Learning to read is a complex process and children learn to read in different ways. Some children can be heavily dependent on phonics and sound out the letters in words, gradually learning to blend these sounds. Some children rely on picture cues, and this helps to give them confidence when reading the text. Our aim is to help children to become fluent readers who read with expression and good understanding. But, most of all, we endeavour to develop a love of reading by providing the children with a wealth of opportunities for reading both at school and at home.

Children in our school get many reading opportunities through individual, shared and guided activities. However, amongst the most valuable reading times are those that they share with you at home when you read to them and they read to you. With that in mind, we hope you will find the following useful in supporting you in the work you do with your children.

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