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Activities to support Language, Literacy & Phonics development

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Spend around half an hour a day reading a book together, watching a story on YouTube and singing some songs. This will support your child with their listening and attention, understanding, speaking, knowledge of the world and people and communities, being imaginative, understanding feelings and of course their early reading skills! 

Reading stories together

Not only do stories provide new language to your child that they can understand, they are also a key opportunity to develop their speaking, listening and attention skills, as well as understanding the structure of stories and how they work. Talking to your child about the story is crucial at this age to help them develop a love of stories and reading, as well as helping them to understand and process what happens in the book and in the world around them. Stories open up a whole world of opportunity to your little one so reading with them and talking about it is invaluable. Here are some examples of questions to get you started:

Our favourite stories on YouTube

Questions to ask

Who is feeling sad/happy/cross etc ? Why are they feeling like that?

What do you think will happen next? What will happen at the end?

What should they do? What would you do?

What happened at the beginning/middle/end of the story?

Who was your favourite character? Why?

Who was being kind/naughty/selfish/helpful/silly?

Do you like this story? Why?

Was it scary/funny/sad/happy etc?

Search on BBC iPlayer for lots of Julia Donaldson stories including The Gruffalo, Zog, Room on the Broom and more! 

Search on YouTube and BBC iPlayer for Alphablocks.

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