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Reading for Pleasure

In Reception, the children will be taking part in lots of singing, rhymes and stories, which will support them with their communication and language development. On this page you will see the texts that the children will be focusing on each week and the fantastic learning they have been a part of. There will also be some questions or an activity that you can complete with your child at home. We would love to hear your child's thoughts and responses about what they have read, which can be added to their online Tapestry journal. The children will also begin to learn their Set 1 sounds, which will support them with their reading. Below is a video that shows the sounds they will be learning this year. 

Week 2- The Colour Monster 



The Colour Monster goes to school 



This week the children will be reading the stories `The Colour Monster` and `The Colour Monster goes to School`. These stories will support the children with recognising different emotions and how they can begin to manage these. Below are some questions. Please support your child with making predictions: 


1) Who do you think the Colour Monster is? 

2) How might the Colour Monster be feeling when he goes to school? 

3) How did you feel when you started school for the first time last week? 


Week 3

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The children are looking at the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. This is an amazing story about a family who go on an adventure together and meet different obstacles along the way, where they decide how to move on in their journey.

Click on the link below to hear the author of the book retell the story.

Q) Can you retell the story using actions?

Q)Can you go on a walk as a family and retell the journey you went on?

Week 4: Goldilocks and the three bears

We are carrying on with our bear theme and this week the children will be reading the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This is one of the many traditional tales that Reception will be looking at this year. Can you work with your child to describe the character below using some exciting vocabulary. I wonder if you could send your ideas to your class teacher. 


The Little Red Hen 

This week, the children will be reading The Little Red Hen. This traditional tale will continue their learning on harvest and begin to explore the changes that can be seen during Autumn time. In our Literacy learning, the children will be retelling the story orally. Can you support your child by retelling the story using actions. You will also find a link below that will take you to the BBC website where your child can take part in a listening activity. Have fun! 




Term 2- It's good to be you 


This term we will be reading a number of story books that support the children's understanding about different cultures and celebrations. We will also be exploring characters and identifying why it is important to show respect and identify why everybody is special. 


Elmer- David McKee 


Over the next two weeks, the children will be reading the story Elmer. This story is a wonderful story that explores tolerance and why it is important to celebrate all the reasons we are different and special. 


Can you support your child with answering the following questions about the story. Please encourage your child to use full sentences and explain their ideas using `because` and `and`. 


1) Who is Elmer? 

2) Why is Elmer special? 

3) What made Elmer decide he wants to look like all the other elephants? 

4) Is Elmer happy about this change? 

5) What makes Elmer special? 

6) Can you explain what makes you special? 


Owl Babies 

 By Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson 


This week the children will be reading the story Owl babies and exploring characters feelings as well as sequencing the story. Can you support your child with researching facts about owls using the internet. Can they find out what they like to eat, how they survive in their habitat and what they look like.  


Term 3





By Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet


This week the children will be reading the story Supertato. Can you support your child with roleplaying the story using fruit, vegetables and utensils (masher and spoons only) from the kitchen. We would love to see any videos of the children's acting and retelling the story. 

This week the children will be reading the story `George and the dragon` in their Literacy lessons. Everyone will continue to develop their vocabulary to describe the dragon and create descriptive sentences using their phonics. Please can you support your child with generating vocabulary. We can't wait to hear all the exciting words! 

Term 4- Round and Round we go 


This term the children will be learning about different transport and their purpose. They will continue to explore a range of non-fiction books and understand how these books give information and facts whilst comparing these books to fiction texts. Above you will see some other texts that we will be covering throughout this term if you would like to explore these with your child. 


Term 5- On the farm

Farmer Duck




This is the wonderful story about a busy duck who takes on all of the jobs which need doing on a farm until one day when it all changes. The exhausted duck who is much loved by the other animals on the farm do not like how the duck is treated so they decide to create a plan to change things.

Can your child consider how the duck might be feeling on the different pages?

Can you create a timetable of all of the jobs that the duck does?

The farmer was very lazy, how do you think this made the duck feel?