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Early Reading

At Suffolks we include our own creative version of  Ruth Miskin's Read, Write Inc into our curriculum.  

Teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is one of the core purposes of a primary school. These key skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.

Reading and writing are both two part processes: readers decode and comprehend, writers create and encode. In one respect, decoding and encoding are the ‘mechanical’ skills that children need to master in order to be able to comprehend what they read and write creatively. Research has shown that by teaching phonics thoroughly and rigorously to children, we can ensure that they use this knowledge to decode effortlessly and automatically. This means all energy can be focused on understanding and enjoying what is read and on composing and creating fantastic writing. 

How can you help at home?

There is much you can do to support your child at home.

• Talk to them! The most important thing you can do is to talk to your child and listen to them when they are talking to you. Try to extend their vocabulary range and their skill at talking in increasingly more complex sentences. For example, try to teach them alternative words for ideas, or nouns they already know.

Read to them and always discuss the story you are reading to try to build your child’s comprehension skills and understanding.

Practice the sounds they know at home. There are flashcards available to buy from the office.

Listen to your child read every night. Find a quiet time to hear your child read and use lots and lots of praise to encourage them.