Year R // Home Learning – Reading at home

The more you read, the better you get at reading!

Children in Reception will receive a reading book which should be kept in their book bags. Please read this with your child regularly throughout the week. Little and often is the best way. Here are some ideas to support you at home…

  • Initially, you can read the text and ask the child to help you track it with your finger.
  • As they learn some sounds, they can spot these. How many ‘s’ can you see on the page?
  • Eventually move onto blending sounds together to read small words e.g. c-a-t = cat.
  • Encourage your children to talk about the pictures and use these as clues to help decode unknown words.
  • You can ask them questions about the text and get them to make predictions about what might happen next.

Reading record

Children will also be given a Reading Record. Please ensure your child brings this to school every day in their book bag. It is really valuable if you write in your child’s reading record when they have been read with. You can record the date, title, pages read and a brief comment when relevant. This could be words of encouragement, celebrating   achievements or passing on things you have noticed about your child’s reading.

We aim to change each child’s reading book once a week, provided it has been read at home and this has been recorded in their reading record. This enables us to keep a useful dialogue between home and school.


Along with a reading book, your child will be given a set of keywords. These are high frequency words which children need to learn on sight. These are important in helping children increase their reading fluency. Here are a few fun ways of learning them…

  • Turn them into a game of BINGO!
  • Write them on cards and hide them around the house for a hunting game.
  • Make a keyword SNAP game.
  • Hunt for them in books. Can you find 10?
  • Write them in messy media such as shaving foam and wet sand.
  • Write the words on large pieces of paper and ask your child to jump on specific words.


We will initially be teaching your child the letter sounds, rather than the alphabet, as this helps them to blend to read. To help you reinforce this learning at home, the children will be given a strip of the sounds learnt each week.


Thank you in advance for your support. Happy reading!