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Early Reading

At Selling, we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to support the children's word reading and comprehension skills. Each week the children in EYFS and Year 1 will read with either their Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant 3 times a week. The book your child reads will be carefully matched to their latest phonics assessment to ensure they are reading at the appropriate level.


Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.


There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:


A reading practice book

This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.


A sharing book

Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.


Guided Reading 

The three reading sessions in school will cover:

1) Decoding - Introducing new vocabulary and practising, segmenting and blending. 

2) Prosody - Reading with meaning and intonation. 

3) Comprehension - Understanding the text. 


Once your child has completed these reading sessions they should be 90% fluent with the text and have a good understanding of what they have read. This is when they bring their book home to you, on a Wednesday, to show off how brilliant they are! Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success!


On the days your child does not bring home a decodable book they can choose a book from our reading corner or school library to bring home. We call these 'Sharing books'. In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!