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The children will receive a reading book once a week, and we would like them to read a little of this book 4 times a week and record in in their reading diaries.

They should be able to read most of the book but need to be encouraged to sound out words they get stuck on using their phonics. 

In addition to their reading book to take home they have access to Collins E-books where they can read the books from the guided reading sessions in school, these are a great chance for them to show of their expression and fluency.

Collins Ebooks (

You will be then asked for a username and password to log in to the Collins website.

If you cannot access the books from the website, it is recommended that you download the Collins app to your device rather than using the website.


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Please watch these mini films to practice phonemes and digraphs which they have already learnt Phase 3 phonics - KS1 English - BBC Bitesize

Is Phonics new to you?

If you were not taught Phonics at school, but still want to help your child, visit the Little Wandle website:

For parents | Letters and Sounds (

Scroll down to watch these videos on the link above.

Tricky Words

It is helpful for children to be able to read tricky words that cannot be sounded out using Phonics because they have tricky parts in the word, such as the ‘a’ in ‘was’.

Please take a few minutes to practice 3 or 4 tricky words a week.  Your child needs to be able to read and write them. We have enclosed a document listing all the words they need to know with some guidance on how to practise.