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How to help your child in Reception

How to help your child at home

There are ways in which you can help support you child with their learning at home.

Reading

  • Your child will be sent home either an early reader or an Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) book in their green book bag.

Early reader – This will help your child to:

  • talk about the cover.
  • talk about the pictures on each page.
  • turn the pages singly.
  • pick up the pattern of the story.
  • run their finger under print.
  • use the picture clues

ORT books – These will help your child to:

  • continue to use the skills mentioned above.
  • point to each word. 
  • to learn the words that are sent home.

ORT sight words

  • Children need to be able to read these words by sight, not blend them (sound them out).
  • They do not need to learn to write them.  
  • ORT 1 and ORT 2 words are on the website.

Library book

  • Please read this to your child. 
  • Talk about what is happening in the story, the characters, what they think might happen next in the story.

Fine motor skills

Developing children’s finger strength and their hand-eye co-ordination will prepare them for writing letter shapes. Here are some ideas to develop fine motor skills:

  • Lego - fixing bricks together.
  • Playdough – rolling, pinching, moulding (recipe on the website).
  • Money box - slotting coins into a box.
  • Beads - threading onto pipe cleaners/string.
  • Wool - punch holes into card and thread wool/string through the holes.

Writing letter shapes

If you are practising letter shapes at home with your child, please practise lower case letters not capitals.

Number

  • Counting up to 10– count anything around the home eg spoons, books, toys, steps.
  • Comparing groups up to 5 - collecting 2 groups of objects e.g bricks, coins.

Counting how many in each group and say who has more, who has fewer.

  • 1 more/1 less - count a group of objects and then say 1 more/ 1 less.
  • Counting forwards and back to 5 .

Sing number songs e.g 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little ducks, 5 little men in a flying saucer.

Shape, Space and measure

Compare measurements of objects using the language:

  • Height -short/shorter/shortest/tall/taller/tallest.
  • Length - short/shorter/shortest/long/longer/longest.
  • Weight – light/lighter/lightest/heavy/heavier/heaviest