This week’s reading challenge

Find your favorite story! Tell the story to your grown up using the pictures to help. Can you name all the characters and recall the story?

Use your odd socks to make some sock puppets- Can you put on a puppet show for your family?

Take a picture or short video of your child reading their favorite story and email these to your class teacher.





Skills for story time

Take the time to fit in story time throughout the day, and at bedtime. Listening to stories is just as important as children reading themselves. Take the time to model and practise lots of important reading skills.

-Practise holding books the right way up and looking after them properly.

-Practise turning the pages carefully, one at a time.

-Model reading left to right by running your finger under the words as you read them.

-Talk about words, model pointing to a word as you read.

-Talk about the pictures, make predictions, and ask your child simple who, what, when, where, why questions about the story.

-Get your child involved by joining in with rhymes and repeated phrases.

-Ask your child to make sound effects for the animals/actions in the story.

-Play ‘I spy with my little eye’ to get your child to identify words with that initial sound… e.g. I spy with my little eye something beginning with d…. dog.

-Can they begin to orally segment and blend the sounds in words- d-o-g dog?

Please refer to the phonics support sheet and wordless book handout that I provided in your child’s black reading games file for further guidance.

-Practise retelling favourite stories/making up own stories using the pictures.

-Get your child to tell you, their pet, or their teddies a story using a book for picture prompts, or just from their imagination.

Please take a photo of your special reading time or record a video of your child telling a story of their own. We would love to see you all enjoying story time everyday.

Online story links



* select age 4-5 stories.

*YouTube- type in story titles e.g.

-The Gruffalo

-The Very Hungry Caterpillar

-Julia Donaldson stories

-Traditional tales e.g. Little Red Riding Hood or 3 little pigs

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