Supporting Reading at home.

from Mrs Mitchell, Support for Learning Teacher.

During these stressful times, it’s lovely if you can run away and spend a little time in a cosy spot reading with your child. Whether that’s them reading to you, or the other way around. If you want to, use these questions to turn reading together in to a sneaky lesson, without your child noticing!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of books in your house. Look for free e-books for every age, online at


How can I help with writing, when my child struggles to write independently?!

From Mrs Mitchell, Support for Learning Teacher.

It’s tricky for children who are in the early stages of literacy to write several sentences (or even one!) without help. But you can build these skills together.

Try some ‘old-fashioned’ dictation, brought up to date by the Literacy and Dyslexia Service. The children who come to Support for Learning are used to this process, and will keep you right! All you need to do is think of a short sentence containing some of the spelling patterns they’re currently focusing on, and follow the steps (making your voice as silly as possible!).


Support for Learning: P3/4/5 Read, Write, Inc. daily practice flashcards.

I use these pictures in my daily Read Write Inc. lessons with P3 and 4, and with P5s who need some revision.

The children say the sound, e.g. ‘ay‘, then the phrase ‘May I play?’ (watch out for the noisy one…’ou‘!)


If you have the chance, ask your child to tell you all the sounds they’ve learned so far!

Well done for getting through Day 1! More to come from me soon!

Love, Mrs Mitchell.

Mrs Mitchell, SfL: “Look out for Support for Learning tasks!”

I’m posting on here using Miss Sinclair’s details, until I get mine sorted out! Many pupils who receive Support for Learning in school will have guidance in their home learning packs about how parents/carers/older siblings can help at home with Reading, Writing and Spelling.

Little and often is best when it comes to practising spelling, and keep it fun!


In class and in assembly, we have been learning about the four values of our school and what they mean. ‘Inspire’ has been a focus for us. We each chose someone we know or someone famous who inspires us and prepared a presentation about them.

In our presentations, we needed to include information about their childhood, why they inspire us, examples of inspirational things they have done in their life and how we could be more like them. Some of us made posters, a book creator, a PowerPoint, a model, video clips or brought in photographs to help give us confidence and to engage our audience.

We know LOTS of inspirational people and will try to be more like them! Hopefully we can be an inspiration to others. We think we did an extraordinary job!