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Evidence has shown that nationally, only 1 in 10 children have a bedtime story.
Reading with your child is extremely important. Bedtime may not be the most appropriate time, but finding a small amount of time sharing a book, reading to them or listening to them read is vital for developing your child's reading confidence.
The links below contain information about ways in which you can support your child's reading development.
Why do children need to be able to recognise the high frequency words?
Children should develop lots of reading strategies over time, including 'look and say' and being able to use their phonic (sound) knowledge to work out unfamiliar words.
By being able to look at a word and say it automatically, children have to spend less time working out the words in the text that they are reading and more time on reading fluently. This can have a positive impact on the understanding that they are able to take from the text and can increase the expression that they use in their voice, as they pause less frequently when they are reading.
The Letters and Sounds scheme, that all children in school until they are confident with their phonic knowledge and the application of this knowledge, breaks all of the sounds and words that the children have to learn into smaller groups, known as Phases. Children need to be able to recognise certain sounds and words within each phase and to be able to use this knowledge to work out unfamiliar words and nonsense words (alien words) on which they are tested.
Click here for more information about phonics - what they are, what to do with them and what they should sound like.
It is vital that your child not only practises reading (decoding words) regularly, but that they also practise understanding texts. If you find it hard to get your child to want to read regularly try encouraging them to read a range of texts that will help them develop a love of reading. Texts can include: books, newspapers, magazines, comics, web pages, posters, leaflets, tour guides etc.