St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School


Supporting Parents with Phonics and Reading

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child will bring home on a Wednesday:
  • A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
  • A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together. In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

IMPORTANT: Please return these books each Monday.

Please remember to sign your child's reading record to let us know that you have listened to them, and make a comment to let us know how well they have done or if they have struggled with anything. 

In addition to their reading practice book and their sharing book, your child will bring home a card pack containing graphemes, words to blend and tricky words on a Monday. Please help your child read these and return them on a Wednesday, letting us know you have listened to them by signing the sheet and commenting if necessary. 

Sent home on.. Please return on...
Grapheme cards, words to blend, tricky words Monday Wednesday
Reading practice book & Sharing Book Wednesday Monday

If you wish to purchase your own set of Little Wandle resources to use with your child at home, these can be purchased at: Little Wandle at Home – Collins

Below you will find information on supporting your child with phonics and reading at home, including a recording of our parental meeting which was held on October 14th 2022.

Phonics Parents' Meeting 14th October 2022


Parents' Meeting Guidance 20.11.21



How we pronounce sounds (phonemes) and write our letters (graphemes)

How we teach blending

How we teach tricky words