Great Oldbury Primary Academy

Great Oldbury Little Learners

Great Oldbury Little Learners

Supporting your child with reading

The books and reading materials we have in school are closely matched to the developmental stage of each individual child.  In Reception, learning to read starts with wordless picture books which provide an opportunity for adults to make up their own stories, guide conversations about what the story could be and also to explore vocabulary.

As children move through Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they work through books within the Book Band progression, as detailed in this picture:

Within these book bands, we have also carefully mapped out the progression of phonics sounds so your child will receive books which match the phonic phase they are working at. 

 Our top tips for reading at home

  • Make time for reading - it shouldn't be a chore; it should be fun, quality time between a child and their parents
  • Don't rush straight into the reading - spend some time talking about the front cover, what you know already about this book / this author, and what you think might happen
  • Listen carefully to how your child is sounding out the word - always come back to mistakes and show them how it should be read before asking them to try and say it again accurately