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Reading and writing in the Junior Hub

Every parent expects and hopes for success for their children in reading and writing. Reading and writing go together. The skills that are needed from both are complimentary.

One thing for sure is that before a child learns to read and write they need to be able to speak and listen well. Here is a great little link about this topic.

What can you expect in the Junior hub at RCS:

Children will be taught to read on a daily basis using graded texts, poems, shared books, library books. A book or poem will come home 4-5 days a week for them to practice at home. Look for the coloured book mark that tells you what strategies your reader needs to be using at their level.

Children will be taught letter/sound association and phonemic awareness explicitly. If your child is in year one they will have an alphabet booklet and letter cards to practice these skills at home. They will also begin to bring home high frequency word cards (the, is, to, we). Run through these daily for a couple of minutes at a time and challenge them to remember more each day.

Some children will have spelling words to learn at home.

There’s not much point in reading if you don’t understand what you’ve read. So, above all, talk, talk, talk about the text and make sure your child understands what they are reading.

What can you do?

  • Make learning fun!
  • Be intentional about learning letter sounds and words by playing eye spy games, making shopping lists, writing notes, reading the labels at the supermarket, the signs on the road.
  • Put on the story cd’s in the car to listen too.
  • Read books from the library everyday and have fun with the text.
  • Play games that include rhyming. Read and make up little rhymes. See how many words you can say that rhyme.
  • Provide pens and paper, white boards, window markers, sand or salt on a tray to draw/write in, write with soap pens in the bath, in the condensation on the windows.
  • Make up stories and write together. Let your children see you writing.

Is your child becoming too tired or refusing to do the home learning?


  • a different time of day
  • taking turns reading ( one page each), read it to them, get them to read to someone else in the house or a favourite toy
  • having an incentive for doing well (as simple as getting to choose a favourite game to play after the book is read).

Some children struggle to learn to read and write.  If you think this is your child keep communication lines open with the teachers. We are here to help. If we think your child is in this category then we will keep you informed of what can be done to help. Our digital age is helping children with literacy problems more and more. There is always hope that a child will become a great reader and writer some day. It just may be in a different way from how most of us learned these skills.

Have a blessed week!5D3_5787

Buddy reading

Buddy reading

Collaborative writing

Collaborative writing