Literacy covers understanding language, reading words and writing. For 3 to 6 year old children it is important for to be learning composition before writing. This involves being able to talk about their ideas and structuring them in speak and being able to retell stories using their own words and new vocabulary. Later, spelling and handwriting form part of Literacy development.
One of the best ways to support your child’s literacy development is to read to and with them. Children learn and understand language through hearing it. You can really help by talking to them about the world around them and the books and stories that you read with them. When you read a book together, stop to discuss what is going on in the story and the pictures. You can also really help by enjoying singing and repeating rhymes and poems with your child. Also providing role play and small world activities can help with children’s story telling and narrative.
All of these things will give your child a firm basis for their later reading and writing skills.
As children see printed words and letters over and over again, they will start to recognise familiar letters and words and begin to be ready to learn sounds that letters make and blending those sounds together to form words. This will lead to reading simple sentences and phonetically sounding out words they haven’t seen before.
Give your child opportunities to write. To start with this will involve mark making which will lead to these marks looking like what they are intended to look like. As children develop their pencil control, they will eventually be able to start to write recognisable letters and this will lead to writing words and sentences that others can read.
All other packs will also help children develop in this area as you ask questions about their choices and they communicate with you about what they are doing and talk with you about the themes they are learning about.