Reading and Writing

Welcome to Literacy in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Throughout your child’s year in reception we look at two areas of literacy; Reading and Writing.
We teach all of the children their letters and sounds which we then apply throughout guided reading, shared reading sessions, guided writing sessions and shared writing sessions. We have also attached a letter formation sheet and a jolly phonics actions sheet, below, for you to use alongside your child’s reading and writing. Your child will be used to using these in their classroom. We have outlined the Early Learning Goals for you (from the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage Document) so you can see what we are teaching your child, in preparation for Year One.

The Early Learning Goal for Reading is:
Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Please see this website for more information about the letters and sounds your child has been learning:

The Early Learning Goal for Writing is:
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Here is a quick demonstration of our high frequency words

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We have also introduced Percy Penguin’s PLOD’s (Possible Lines of Development). Percy Penguin is our Building Learning Power (BLP) character, who keeps trying when he finds new learning difficult. Percy Penguin PLOD’s are sent home to encourage your child to work on a specific skill. An example of a PLOD, could be sounding out a Consonant- Vowel-Consonant (CVC) word. These are designed to work at home, as well as school, so that we are working together in partnership for your child.
If you have thought of a PLOD for your child, please see your child’s teacher to get a Percy Penguin sheet!

As always, please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like any more information on the Foundation Stage at Mayflower Community Academy.