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Tips and Tricks for Parents

Supporting your child with Reading


Please find below information which was shared during our recent information morning for parents of children in our foundation phase classes.

Back due to popular demand! 

Tips and Tricks to make your day run more smoothly.



What is this short course about?

Do you find getting your child ready for the day tricky?  Do you find tidy up times tedious?  Do trips to the supermarket require some planning?  Do you find encouraging your child to undertake their homework a nightmare?


Then you are not alone!


What will I be learning?

  • You will learn scripts that you can use that help you stay in control.
  • You will be given support with your particular hotspot – from getting your child changed to getting them to bed.
  • You will learn some simple tips and tricks that teaching staff use.
  • It’s an opportunity to learn tips and tricks from each other.
  • You can share your experiences and frustrations.
  • We will learn about setting rewards and appropriate consequences.
  • You will also spend one of the sessions with your child where you will be involved in making a reward box called a “Golden Box” together.
  • You will be given a variety of reward charts that you can use with your child.


Who is this short course open to?

This is open to any parent/carer or family member from any age group.





Where and when does it take place?

This will take place on a Wednesday morning from 9 – 10 in the Learning Resource centre – opposite Mrs Court’s room.  It commences on Wednesday the 8th of June 2016 for 3 weeks.  Mrs Thomas will be running this course.




The course will be offered on a first come first served basis.  Please complete the slip below and return to your class teacher.






Tips and tricks to help your day run smoothly


Name of pupil and class:___________________________________


Signature of parent:______________________________________




Welcome to the literacy cafe!

What is the literacy cafe?


This is a reading club for parents/carers/family members of pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  It takes place every Monday afternoon, 2.30-3.30 with Mrs Thomas in the Learning Resource Centre.


How does this look?

The first 15 minutes is devoted to discussing literacy tips and tricks, this takes place with the grown ups only.  The pupils are then collected from class and share book/s with their grown up.  A Big Book is read to the group by Mrs Thomas and questions about the book are asked to the children.  Accompanying activities and worksheets are then provided for you to either start in the literacy cafe or to enhance any further learning that you might like to undertake at home.



Please contact Mrs Thomas for more information.



Details from session 1 are provided below



Session 1 - Welcome to the literacy cafe

Do you find you get in  a muddle with high frequency words?  Are you unsure which words to focus upon?  Never fear...please find a list of high frequency words below that will support you child with their reading and spelling skills.

The first 45 high frequency words

High frequency words for Years 1 and 2.

Click on the link below to see the next 52 high frequency words that your child will be learning to read and spell in Years 1 and 2.  There are also another 62 further words you can work on once your child can read and spell the first 52.


The next 52 high frequency words




The next 62 key words

High frequency word checklist.

You might find this checklist useful.  It is from a scheme called "Letters and Sounds."  The shaded words are the tricky words - the words you cannot sound out.

High Frequency word checklist - Letters and Sounds