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New term brings new classes

Classes in Whitstable, Faversham and now Canterbury too Autumn term starts week commencing 7 September Reading Fairy classes are now available in Canterbury, as well as in Whitstable and Faversham. We have found the perfect venue for these new classes and are delighted to be working with the team at Milestones. We hope to see […]

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From Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the ABC

Singing is vital to develop early oral and literacy skills We explain how familiar tunes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star can help children’s learning and development. Evidence suggests that early exposure to music can have a positive impact on a child’s brain development. And singing is vital to develop early oral and literacy skills. There […]

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Why are Nursery Rhymes important?

Nursery Rhymes create a foundation for learning to read Nursery rhymes help with phonics, comprehension, language development and more. And it’s never too young to start! Research shows that your baby can recognize sounds and words even in the late stages of pregnancy. All this early work is not only a great beginning for your […]

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Help your child to read at home

Help your child to read by encouraging a love of reading As the first week of #PhonicsFortnight comes to an end, Reading Fairy’s expert team highlights ways to support your child’s reading at home Phonics helps children to identify sounds and blend  them together to read words. Although phonics is a critical part of the […]

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Phonics terminology explained

What’s a phoneme? What’s a grapheme? And other phonics terminology explained. by Lisa Nutt, outstanding teacher, registered childminder for 0-5s and Reading Fairy’s early years consultant It is now common practise to introduce terms like phoneme, grapheme, diagraph, trigraph, consonant and vowel in Reception and Year 1. Teachers say that if the correct phonics terminology […]

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What is phonics?

Help your child read with phonics by Lisa Nutt, outstanding teacher, registered childminder for 0-5s and Reading Fairy’s early years consultant Phonics is the way children are currently taught to read in most schools in England. We are all familiar with the 26 letters of the alphabet but there are 44 phonemes or sounds to […]

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What are pseudo words?

Pseudo words in reading assessment Today’s post is written by Charlotte Raby, educational writer and Reading Fairy’s early reading consultant In Reception, children learn that words are broken up into small units of sound, called phonemes. We are all familiar with the 26 letters of the alphabet but there are 44 phonemes (or sounds) to […]

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Year 1 Phonics Check: The Debate

An overview of the arguments for and against the Year 1 Phonics Check Today’s post is by Charlotte Raby, educational writer & Reading Fairy’s early reading consultant. Many experts believe that being able to read is the single most important factor in helping level the educational playing field for children. If all children learn to […]

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Get ready for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Fun ways to help your child prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Written by Charlotte Raby and Lisa Nutt – early reading experts and part of the Reading Fairy team The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check assesses your child’s ability to read words – or decode. You can help by playing reading and […]

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What is the Year 1 Phonics Check?

Phonics: Your questions answered Today’s post is by Charlotte Raby, educational writer and part of Reading Fairy’s expert team. You may have heard about the Year 1 phonics check, and wondered what it is and how you can help your child. Reading Fairy has created #PhonicsFortnight (from 18th-31st May) to explain phonics and the Year […]

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