Reception Reading: How Your Child Will Learn To Read At School And What You Can Do To Help At Home

Reception Reading: How Your Child Will Learn To Read At School And What You Can Do To Help At Home

Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects.

Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more - it helps to build an even stronger and loving relationship between you and your child.

Sharing Books

In Reception, children begin by choosing a ‘sharing book’ . These are books that your child will choose in school. Your child will start on a sharing book that they will read with an adult in class. We will focus on the structure of the story and will use the pictures to develop story language and vocabulary. We encourage all parents to use a variety of resources available online and in our local community to support your child's reading development at home. Blacon Library has a vast selection of books to use and are also offering an online service too, as long as you have a library card. 

How you may wish to use the sharing books:

  • Set aside some time- Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/tablet
  • Sit close together- Encourage children to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
  • Point to the pictures-If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the book- Talking about the characters and what is happening helps children understand relationships.
  • Give your child plenty of time to respond- Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling, or how the book makes them feel.

Children beginning to read simple words and sentences…

Our practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage includes teaching children to read using guidance from ‘Letters and Sounds’ incorporating phonics.

Your child is now beginning their phonics lessons in Reception, learning letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. They begin blending sounds together to make words, segmenting words into their separate sounds.

Once your child is able to ‘blend’ these sounds together in simple words, such as ‘cat, hen, pin’, they will begin to read books with simple words that they can ‘blend’ themselves. Again these will be read in school with an adult and we encourage parents to make use of online resources to support with reading at home. Oxford Owl have a range of free e-books which are levelled based on your child's ability. 


We all make progress with reading and writing at different speeds. Some children will be ready to learn to read and write at the start of Reception and some children may need some more time to develop.

We are all here to work together, if you are worried about helping your child learn to read and write please speak with us.

Contact the School

Dee Point Primary School

Dee Point Primary School
Blacon Point Road

Main Contact: Admin Team: Mrs Roberts, Mrs Mannion, Mrs Dymond Absence Contact: Mrs Lowe
Phone Number: 01244 372631 Option 1 email

Tel: 01244 372631

SEN Contact: Mrs H Seddon & Mrs K Carpenter

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