Your child becomes a reader and writer…

Beginning Reception is an exciting time and for most children it marks the beginning of more ‘formal’ schooling. We want to help you make sure they make the most of this crucial first year!

With the introduction of taught phonics sessions, tricky words and school reading books, you as a parent will be asked to support your child’s learning at home.

In this section we look at what your child’s teacher will be showing them in the classroom, how to support the development of your child’s phonics skills and how to share school books effectively at home.

Learning the Sounds

In this video we not only show you how to introduce and say the sounds, but give you ideas for games you can play with your child to support their learning.


We explain what blended sounds are, the terminology your child will hear at school and how you pronounce each correctly.

Match The Eggs


Can you help mother duck find her eggs and fill her nest? Listen to the sound and match the letters to complete the game! This game reinforces the links between sounds and their corresponding letters.

School Reading Books

This video explains exactly how you can use the school reading books your child brings home to effectively develop their reading skills at home.

Tricky Words

What are tricky words and why are they tricky? We explain the jargon and how you can support your child to learn these words at home.

Pronouncing Blends

Baffled by blends and unsure how you say them correctly? This video shows you exactly how to pronounce blended sounds correctly and help your child at home.

Reading Words

Your child has learnt the letter sounds and is now ready to use these sounds to read words? We show you how to blend sounds together and help them begin to read words on their own!

Word Star


Listen to the tricky words and help the unicorn catch the correct star! A game to help your child recognise tricky words by sight.