Read on to find out what you should expect when it comes to reading and writing in Reception and how you can best support your child at home.
Its okay to be nervous!
Its okay for both your child and YOU to be nervous about starting school. Starting school is a massive change for both of you. School will be a place where your child will spend the majority of their day. It is totally natural for you to worry about them being happy and successful in this new setting.
A slow start
When your child starts school, the first half term will be about getting them used to their new setting and routines. Some schools may begin a few learning activities during this time, while others may not.
During the first half term, your child's teacher will assess their current reading level. Most children will start Reception with very basic reading skills and a limited knowledge of letters and sounds. This is absolutely normal and expected!
Once your child's teacher is aware of their reading level, they will start to send home weekly reading books for you to explore with your child.
Most children will start off with books that have no words. Make time to sit down and look through these books with your child. Talk about what is happening un the pictures and encourage them to make predictions about what will happen next.At some point, your child will move onto books with words. Initially, the sentences in these books will be very basic and repetitive. Encourage your child to point to each word as they read, and to sound out the word if they need to.
How can I help my child?
Finding a little time each day to explore a book together will really help develop your child's reading skills.