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Those of you with kids in reception

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LoopaDaLoopa Sun 27-Oct-13 03:19:48

How are they getting on in terms of reading and writing etc?

We are not in uk and DD should be in reception but is not reading at all and barely writing. Was considered v bright before we moved away but now, see that friends' kids are far more advanced.

leelteloo Sun 27-Oct-13 06:30:03

My dd was just 4 when she started in September and couldn't read or write. She knew her numbers up to 20 and a few letters.
We have just ended the first half of term. She now can write her name, has started reading high frequency words, pointing out letters she recognises and counting everything. I am very impressed with how much she has developed in a very short space of time but she attends a small village school and gets plenty of one/one teaching.

my2bundles Sun 27-Oct-13 07:47:34

Dont worry, for many kids reading dosent click untill yr 1 or even 2, most at this point in recpetion are only just working on the first 6 phonic sounds and only just learning about blending. There are exceptions of course but the majority are working at this level. The strongest readers Ive found are those who develope the skills (or click) later so dont worry.

peachesandpickles Sun 27-Oct-13 07:54:22

My dd2 (not in UK) started school this Sept. so far she has learned to write her name and can sound out lots of phonic sounds, around 15 or so but no reading yet as such and no writing homework yet although I am sure they are writing in school.

onetiredmummy Sun 27-Oct-13 07:56:45

My ds is singing the alphabet and counting to 100 at random moments during the day smile

We have wordless books from school that we read by making sounds and finding little pictures in a big one etc he's not reading, is writing his name but he was doing that before he started.

We play I spy phonetically but it doesn't really work, if I spied a 't' he will guess seahorse smile

Other children are writing more but I'm not worried, it will come. I treat reception as a year more for play and learning about friendship, sharing, listening etc more than education.

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 10:18:47

Dgs is 4.8 and in Reception. He can read cvc and ccvc words and is on 9b of those books. He recently had a certificate for 'outstanding number work' which seems to involve number bonds to 10 with addition and subtraction and shape matching. He isn't unusual in his class though he does work with yr1 for phonics atm.

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 10:20:34

His writing is restricted. He can write his name and make a stab at other words bur b's and d's are confused and the letters are irregular sizes.

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 27-Oct-13 10:51:12

I have no idea what any of that means I'm afraid thegreylady.

Mrmenmug Sun 27-Oct-13 13:38:34

Mine recognises and sounds about 20 letters and can count to 30. Can copy letters reasonably clearly and write his name, just about. I encourage but I don't push, he'll get there when he is ready, they all develop at their own speed but tend to find a similar level by 6 years old apparently

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 17:10:39

cvc is consonant vowel consonant like cat and jam and sip and ccvc is two consonants vowel consonant like spit trip and tram.The reading books are aimed at Reception and if you Google cvc reading books they come up.

mrz Sun 27-Oct-13 17:21:55

cvc also includes words like rain, boat, tune, light, weight ...
ccvc train, float, prune, slight

much more difficult I'm sure you agree.

TallyGrenshall Sun 27-Oct-13 17:32:19

DS is on blue band books, and is reading them with no problems. He can write his name, if he sits still long enough, and can occasionally writes random letters to make a story at home.

They haven't done any sort of maths at school yet but he understands the process of twenty, thirty, forty etc. We haven't tried any sums or anything at home

Pinkpinot Sun 27-Oct-13 17:49:09

This time lady year in reception ds hadn't even been given a reading book yet
They concentrated a lot on the basic sounds first
It's amazing how much they learn in a year
I worried at first, but they all get it

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 18:23:31

Not in our primary it doesn't mrz it is basic vowels and simple consonants at Reception level.I may have the term wrong though if you google cvc reading books the ones that appear are the ones dgs is reading.I will find a link.

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 18:28:14

In fact the link is very long but one of the early ones is on Amazon and it is called Sad Dad.

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 18:31:12

I'll find the info from his current book tomorrow just in case anyone wants to know.I thought I could just google but its not as easy to find as I hoped and I have to cook now.

mrz Sun 27-Oct-13 18:32:01

thegreylady it has nothing to do with your primary school or mine or reading schemes...cvc words can be basic cat dog mum dad or more complex weight, night, coat

sugaplumfurry Sun 27-Oct-13 19:16:24

Dd 4yrs 6 mths struggles with reading, attempts but struggles with her letters/name, knows her numbers 1-20 and has just started writing them. She is only 1 term into reception and I imagine she will just click at some point.

Periwinkle007 Sun 27-Oct-13 19:53:20

DD2 is reading yellow books so simple words in sentences, some she reads fluently, some she sounds out and blends.

writing she is good and very willing to have a go at spelling just about anything phonetically but I think that is because she wants to copy her older sister so is more confident about trying.

She can count up to 100 both and relate numbers to objects (not sure that is the right way to refer to that but hopefully you know what I mean) and can do basic addition and subtraction with objects (so counting on and back) and in her head.

she is unusual in her class at this stage of the year though and I think she is mostly putting into practice what she saw her older sister doing last year, she has picked it up and is desperate to copy. I would guess that majority of her class are on the first level of books and writing their names, counting to 10 (ish) etc.

I wouldn't worry, for starters your child doesn't need to be doing these things yet where you are and I wouldn't say children doing them are therefore more advanced, they have just been encouraged to do it.

Jaynebxl Sun 27-Oct-13 19:59:43

Is your dd in a british school or a local school? In lots of countries children start their formal education later but soon catch up.

thegreylady Sun 27-Oct-13 20:03:25

mrz it seems stupid of me to argue as you are oviously an informed professional and I retired from teaching some years ago and write only as a grandma/observer.It seemed logical to me to think that cvc meant 3 letters in an appropriate combination.The examples you give certainly have a vowel sound between two consonants, however, in terms of phonics these sounds would probably be some way along the road from early readers in Reception.
No matter and not at all relevant to the OP so my apologies.

Tiggles Sun 27-Oct-13 20:23:29

DS3 is in reception. He has lilac (1+) books home, and is on the cusp of going up to level 2. They have done lots of phonics - mainly single letter phonemes on a daily basis (although also done ck, ss, ll, ff). But they have talked about other ones as his teacher was explaining to DS the other day about igh, i-e etc and he has had lots of these in his jolly phonic reading books. They do an 'over to you' diary most days, where they record what they have done that day in school. I know DS writes in his - he has had targets to learn to spell some of the more common words with tricky parts like 'was' to write in it properly, but they do also draw in them too.
Mathswise they have done counting to 10 forwards and backwards, lots of maths language - under, over etc. I think they have done shapes too.

Thanks Mrz for the clarification about CVC words smile

freetrait Sun 27-Oct-13 21:27:44

DD can read cvc words in greylady's definition of those. She has just read this

which she could manage very easily.

Her writing is less developed. She can write her name and with a bit of adult assistance can be encouraged to sound out and write other words. She hasn't learnt to form all the letters properly yet, and often gets bs and ds mixed up. I think they start focussing on letter formation more after half term.

OP, don't worry. England is a bit freakish in getting 4 year olds reading and writing. If you are somewhere that does it later I would chill, just read to your child and enjoy.

freetrait Sun 27-Oct-13 21:28:24
with link for very interested people......

ClayDavis Sun 27-Oct-13 21:42:18

thegreylady, CVC words like rain, boat, light would be introduced during the first term of reception, so is probably relevant to the OP. In lots of schemes some vowel digraphs would be introduced about now or within the next few weeks.

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