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To begin with, reading books will be changed on a Friday. You will find your child’s reading book in the back of their yellow book. Please record any comments about your child’s reading in the back of this book and to let us know you have finished the book.


At the beginning of the year, the books coming home will have no words. This is intentional and will allow your child to tell stories based on the illustrations. It will also allow their comprehension skills to develop through the skills identified below.


As the children begin to learn their sounds, some of the books that come home will contain words. We do not expect your child to be able to read the whole word but please encourage them to spot their sounds and help them to blend the word together e.g. s-a-t, sat.


In class, we will focus on four key comprehension areas when reading stories. Please use them as a guide for reading at home too:


Predicting – encourage your child to predict what may happen before they read/tell the story on the next page. It doesn’t matter if they are wrong.


Questioning – encourage your child to ask questions about the story.


Clarifying – encourage your child to ask what particular words mean.


Summarising – sum up the key parts of what they have read or the story they have told.