St Mary and St Joseph'sRoman Catholic Primary SchoolBeing different, belonging together in the family of God


Welcome toSt Mary and St Joseph'sRoman Catholic Primary SchoolBeing different, belonging together in the family of God



Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Ideas to support learning at home:


  • Share a book at bedtime.
  • Make up a story together.
  • Visit the local library so they can try new books regularly.
  • When your child comes across an unfamiliar word explain to them what it means and write it on the fridge door with magnetic letters.
  • Look at the front cover of an unfamiliar book and make predictions about the text.
  • Read a range of writing such as cereal packets, signs in the supermarket, road signs, recipe books and information leaflets.
  • Write notes to your child and leave them somewhere for them to find as a surprise such as in their lunch box, coat pockets, under their pillow, near a favourite toy or on their car seat.
  • Talk about the pictures in the book.
  • Allow children to see you reading.



  • Carry out activities to strengthen pencil grip such as squishing play dough, picking up tiny objects or wind- up toys.
  • Practise mark making or writing letters in shaving foam with a fingers – encourage correct formation straight away.
  • Have lovely pieces of paper available for them to mark make when they choose.
  • Ask children to write a shopping list, birthday card, invitation, wish list e.g. Christmas or birthday, menu or labels for toy boxes.
  • If your child wants to write their name, please show them letters like this

         Jason            Shazaib



Letters and Sounds:

  • Use letter sounds NOT letter names.
  • Play eye spy.
  • Talk about what sound objects begin with.
  • Pick out certain letters in text such as cereal packets.

We will be holding a parent workshop to help give further information about how we teach Letters and Sounds, reading and writing and maths to help you support your child’s learning at home.