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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. 

Read Write Inc Sounds

Uploaded by Ruth Miskin Training on 2020-01-20.

Term 1

In term 1, we have read the following stories:

  • The Colour Monster
  • The Colour Monster Goes to School
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Little Red Hen 
  • The Scarecrow's Wedding
  • The Best Diwali Ever

Term 2

This term, we have introduced 'book voting'. Each day, the children have the chance to vote for the book they would like to hear during afternoon snack time. The children have engaged really well with this so far- well done Love Class!


In addition to this, we have explored the following stories:


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 learning new vocabulary. Can you support your child with researching facts about owls using the internet.

- What do owls like to eat?

-How do they survive in their habitat?

-What do they look like?

This will be useful as we explore non-fiction texts about owls next week.