At Kirkroyds we use the Oxford Reading Tree supplemented by a variety of other schemes to ensure breadth and depth of understanding.

We use the Jolly Phonics scheme to teach letters and sounds.


There are various ways you can help your child with Language and Literacy at home.


To develop speaking and listening skills

   * Talk with your child.
   * Give simple instructions and encourage your child to follow them accurately.
   * Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs together.
   * Play games such as "Simon says" using language such as "in front of", "on top of", "at the side
      of",  "below" and "behind".

   * Begin to tell a story - the child continues it - mum or dad completes the tale. Reverse the order.
   * Read fun poetry with simple rhymes, strong rhythm and plenty of alliteration.
   * Share books with your child; let the children see you reading. Show that books can be a useful
      source of information eg. cookery books, car manuals, assembly instructions etc. 

 To develop a good memory

   * Encourage setting the table correctly ready for a meal.
   * Play Pelmanism - cards face down on the table, try to pick up a matching pair. Each time you and
      your  child have to remember the position of the cards turned up earlier in order to find a pair.
   * My aunt went to market and she bought a ...................... . Taking turns, each person in the game
     adds an item and they must be repeated in correct order each time.
   * Kim's game - place several objects on a tray and players close eyes whilst one object is removed.
      What is missing? Repeat.
   * Every child should be taught his/her address, telephone number and birthday.

To develop visual discrimination

   * Play "spot the difference" games from newspapers or puzzle books.
   * "Letter search" - eg. ring every "a" in  passage of writing using magazines and newspapers.
   * "Word search" - eg. ring every "and" in a passage of writing. Try "the", "it", "on" and "is". Check
      the passage first to ensure that the words are present.
   * From a piece in a magazine or newspaper, circle five words beginning with "s", five words ending
     in "s" and five words with "s" present within them. Use other letters of the alphabet.
   * Play matching games - picture lotto; dominoes; snap. 
   * Find smaller words within a long word. eg. understand: under - stand.
     Information: in - for - or - form - mat -at - on - inform - formation. This is a more difficult game
     for the child who can read reasonably well.  
   * Build jigsaw puzzles.
   * During a journey on foot or by car, play "spotting games". eg. dish aerials, bus stops, road signs,
     car number plates containing a particular letter or number, fish shops, greengrocers, etc. 

 To aid spelling and phonic development 

   * Recite the alphabet frequently - start reciting with a different letter sometimes.
   * Recite part of the alphabet - ask "what comes next?"
   * Ask your child to cut out lower case or capital letters from large print in magazines or
     Help to stick them on a piece of paper in alphabetical order.
   * Play "I spy with my little eye" - use single letter sounds only at first; use letter blends later
     eg. something beginning with "sh", "ch", "bl", "cr" etc.
   * Make a "sound" box - a box of objects, five of which begin with a particular letter, eg. "M".
     Find the "M" objects.
   * Let your child cut out pictures from catalogues and magazines. "What letter do they begin
     Arrange them in alphabetical order. Make an "M" book. Make a theme book eg. toys, animals,
     Christmas etc. Next to each picture write the initial letter.
   * Play the "letter game". Choose a letter, then think of things beginning with the letter - a girl's
      name, a boy's name, an animal, a flower, a vegetable, a town etc.
   * On a walk or during a car journey, spot as many objects as possible which begin with a particular
     letter sound.

   * Talk, listen, read to and read with your child. Help him/her to write first and last names with
     correct letter formation. Play board games.

Always praise your child's efforts to learn


If you enjoy talking with your child and sharing activities, your child will respond in a positive manner. Fifteen minutes each day spent in a relaxed atmosphere sharing an activity which you both enjoy, is of far greater value than a daily lesson where your child is placed under pressure to succeed.