Reception English Progress checks In just under a year your four- or five-year-old will learn to read and write, making giant literacy leaps and laying the foundations of all their future learning. Marvel at their progress and identify any areas they need extra support and practice in at home with our Reception English Progress checks. The short tests are designed to help your child practise reading and blending sounds, writing letters and structuring simple sentences. Work through the questions with your child and make sure you read lots of traditional tales to help you prepare!
As a child, I loved reading, losing myself in books, comics and newspapers. I also loved writing and spent many long afternoons with a notebook and pen, scribbling away with determination and passion. My main focus during my PGCE was writing, in particular early writing.
My dissertation looked at encouraging boys to write, and now look. Five years on and I have my own boy at home, on the cusp of something amazing. Mark making The preschooler and I spend a lot of time exploring different messy and sensory play scenarios, and each time I try to encourage some mark making.
Lots of the sensory materials we use are perfect for making marks quite literally the earliest form of writing, where a child makes marks and symbols - such as shaving foam, flour, sand and coloured salt.
We have swirled, we have zig-zagged, and eventually the preschooler has begun to form letters. Early writing activities These are my favourite activities for encouraging early writing practise, but before you begin you need to remember the three golden rules: Pile on the praise!
It does not interest him yet, so I need to find new ways to make writing fun for him. He loves to hear how well he is doing, how clever he is and how amazed I am by his writing.
And, for me mainly, I keep a record of his writing. I take photos and I keep post it notes because I am sentimental.
Messy Play Lots of messy play materials are wonderful for mark making and early writing. Our favourite materials are: We use fingers, lolly pop sticks, cotton bud sticks, chopsticks, paint brushes and the feet of toy dinosaurs to write with.
Use your imagination- you know what your child likes to play with, and as long as it can be cleaned it can be used in messy play! Icing sugar and tin foil This is a lovely activity and so easy to do.
All you need is a sprinkle of icing sugar, food colouring, water and tin foil. I covered a plastic chopping board with the foil and simply spread the icing over the foil. The preschooler then used a combination of his fingers and utensils such as choptsticks and cotton bud sticks to make patterns and draw letters.
A nice easy sensory experience too. To make the moon dust, I tipped a tub of table salt into a bowl and added food colouring. If you use liquid colouring, you need to mix and mix and then use your finger tips to rub the colour into the salt.
The mixture then needs to dry overnight on a plate is best before it can be used. If you use gel colours, you can rub it in with your fingers and use it straight away.
The preschooler uses spoons or his fingers to write letters in the moon dust. Chalk boards and water This is another lovely simple idea.Early writing skills When it comes to writing, it is important to distinguish between the process of writing and that of handwriting: Writing is about the ability to think of words with a .
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