Supporting your child with English at home

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Oxford Owl are giving everyone free access to their resources during this time. Click here for the link to their website. You can explore texts by age and there are free ebooks that match to your phonic reading level. There are even free activities. 

Click here for instructions of how to access the free ebooks.

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
Anaïs Nin

Your child’s class teacher will be setting different forms of writing as part of their home learning but to support with their writing you could:


Early writers: 

  • Help children with letter formation and forming sentences; 

  • Children to write regularly; 

  • Read with your child to expose them to more vocabulary; 

  • Get children to write for a range of purposes e.g. shopping lists; 

  • Role play – making puppets, dressing up etc. 

  • Using different writing tools e.g. chalk and different surfaces for writing; 

  • Forming ideas aloud; 

  • Exploring letters by searching for them in the environment, cutting them out of magazines and putting them together to form words; magnetic letters; drawing letters in sand/ shaving foam or making them with playdough. 


More confident writers:

  • Continue to talk and discuss writing;

  • Read and discuss sentences aloud before writing them down; 

  • Encourage re-reading of work to ensure it makes sense; 

  • Practising weekly spellings and words from the spelling lists for your year group (see below for these); 

  • Continue to read with your child and encourage independent reading to support with vocabulary; 

  • Model writing with your child; 

  • Write for a range of purposes e.g. emails. 

Spellings for each year group: 

Year 1 and 2 

Year 3 and 4 

Year 5 and 6

Useful websites: 

Literacy Shed - short films for children that can be used to help create writing from. 

Grammarsaurus - links for home learning and useful resources for Grammar teaching.