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St Botolph's CE Primary School
St Botolph's CE Primary School

Reading / homework tips

Homework is a valuable element of the teaching and learning process which can raise standards, improve your child’s attitude to learning, extend and enrich class work and improve your child’s organisational and study skills. Click here for our full Homework Policy and handy homework guide.

Useful websites:

Busy Things

Oxford Owl 

Early Reading Skills - A Guide for Parents

Reading is a key skill that lays the foundations for all future learning. Making a good start in reading helps children to progress well as they move through the school.

  • Sharing stories together reading new stories and old favourites!
  • Talk about books together: Can you see a …? What might happen next? What’s happening in the picture? What would happen if …?
  • Point to the words as you read them (associating spoken word with written word).
  • Look for familiar words (family names and high frequency words).
  • Listening to story tapes.
  • Visit the Library choosing a range of stories and non-fiction books.
  • Look at picture books and make up your own stories.
  • Read shopping lists (let them have their own with picture clues!) comics, labels and signs.
  • Learn and sing Nursery Rhymes – for rhythm and pattern.
  • Make up silly sentences (Sammy snakes slithers and slides).
  • Games involving initial sounds. Play I spy. Look for sounds in street names or the supermarket. Start with letters in their name.
  • Use magnetic letters(lower case) on the fridge to help children learn their sounds.
  • Click here for a Parents Guide to Grammar
  • Foundation stage follow the Essential Letters and Sounds (Oxford University Press) programme for Phonics and Early reading.  This will be implemented across the rest of the school from January 2022.
  • Our Phonics scheme links closely with the 'Floppy's Phonics' reading scheme that leads seamlessly into the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme which forms the main reading programme in KS1.