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Early Reading

Supporting your child to become a confident communicator will have a positive impact on their learning journey.  When you chat, play and read with your child they are introduced to new vocabulary.  This exposure supports their language development by helping them to learn, use and understand new words whilst making sense of the world around them.  It is important that children experience these interactions every day, for example chatting on the way to Nursery School, sharing a book at home or engaging in imaginary play together. 

Through singing songs and rhymes and sharing stories together, children listen to and hear new and interesting vocabulary, as well as identifying rhyme.  They also develop their awareness of different sentence structures and hear the rhythm and pattern of speech. 

Speaking and listening, understanding language and early phonological awareness are all important skills to develop before children begin to read. 

Children need a wide range of reading experiences in order to develop their knowledge and curiosity of the world around them and, importantly, their love of reading.

How we promote and support early reading at Peter Pan

Children will bring a school library book home to share with you each week.  Please return this book on your child’s library day so that it can be changed. 

We have a volunteer ‘School Reader’ who comes in to read stories, chat and play with the children twice a week.  

In the entrance area, there is a new ‘Family Book Exchange’ for you to swap books freely; we ask that you ‘bring a book and take a book’.

The links below take you to some free online resources for reading with your child at home:

Love My Books

The Book Trust

National Literacy Trust

Words for Life

BBC Teach Nursery Rhymes and Songs

You can also visit your local library, either in person or virtually