Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Year R

Year R - Supporting your child with reading at home.

Following on from the Reading talk that was part of the Mother’s Day Tea, here are some suggestions and links to help you support your child with reading at home.

1).  Listen to your child read their school reading book

  • Decoding - help your child decode words – ask them:
  • Can you see any special friends? e.g. sh, ch, th, qu, ng, nk.
  • Can you Fred Talk the word?

Attached: Set 1 and Set 2 Sounds sheets.   NB: Not all children have started Set 2 sounds yet.


  • Comprehension - help your child understand what they are reading by
  • Asking them questions (what, where, who, when), or
  • Doing the ‘Retell the Story’ and the ‘Questions to chat about’ at the back of their school reading book.


  • Log your reading with your child on Boom Reader, including specific comments e.g. could Fred Talk all words/ struggled with the following words…/Could tell me…about the story.


2). Read to your child.

Read books that are appropriate to your child’s age but beyond their reading ability. This can help build their love of reading and provides a more exciting and detailed story line to chat about, helping to develop their comprehension skills. The following websites provide great ideas for books appropriate to your child’s age which could be requested from your local library.


3). Red Words.

Red Words 1 was sent home on 9.3.23. Red Words 2 was sent on 23.3.23. Please practise these words at home with your child using the games suggested on the Parent mail.


4). Set 2 words.

When your child starts to learn Set 2 sounds in school they will bring home weekly word sheets containing the new sound they have learnt. Please practise those words with your child. Ask them to spot the special friend and to Fred Talk the word. You can use the games suggested on the Red Words Parent Mail.