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Spelling guidelines

Spelling words to learn are set according to the phonics group that your child is in. Each group will be given a set of spellings on a Friday which they will then need to learn for the test the following Friday. Children will learn about spelling rules and strategies applied to these words during phonics lessons that week.
To help your child to learn their spellings please encourage them to use the table the spellings are written on each day, and to 'look, cover, write and check'. Discuss the rule with your child (e.g., suffix 'ed' for past tense verbs, or doubling the last consonant when adding a suffix).  Children will be expected to write 5 sentences to be handed in on Wednesday.  Should they wish to write 10 or more sentences, they will be rewarded with housepoints.

Reading at home

Our expectation is that children read everyday for 20 minutes and at least 5 minutes of this is with an adult. 
When children become more confident readers they still need to read with an adult, in order that they do not skip too much text and that they are able to demonstrate understanding of what they are reading.  Poor comprehension can affect learning across the curriculum - for example a child can give the wrong answers in maths by misunderstanding the questions. Suggested comprehension questions are enclosed, and should be used as appropriate by the adult to encourage deeper comprehension skills.
If your child is reluctant to read, please keep trying to find reading opportunities to help them enjoy reading. Please do not expect your child to continue or finish reading something they are not enjoying.  As long as your child enjoys reading, the type of reading matter is not so important!  Please consider non-fiction, comics or annuals, or drop down a year or two's 'recommended' reading books.  Even recipes can be an engaging read for some children!  
In addition, please continue to read to your child when you are able.  Reading at a young age, even for those who are fluent, can be challenging. When we read to children they are able to take in many language skills which will transfer to their writing, for example vocabulary, sentence construction, suspense, openers, etc.  Audio books can also be helpful (Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter is brilliant!)

Reading records will be checked every Thursday.  The children are expected to read at least 3 times a week.  We are encouraging independency and would like the children to fill out their reading records.  Parents are requested to sign and are welcome to write comments on their child's reading. Happy Reading!

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