Mr Harrison- Opal

Summer 2017

Summer Reading

At the end of the year parents often ask us how they can help their child continue to develop as a reader over the summer break. It can feel daunting to find the right books that won't be too easy or too hard to read.

Parents worry sometimes about matching ‘real books’ from home to reading levels. There is no exact answer to this. 'Scheme books' are easy to match to reading levels because their main purpose is to practice phonics and teach reading. For example ‘Yellow Band’ books always include Phase 3 sounds and words. 'Real books’ are not written in the same way. The author's main purpose is to entertain and inform.

We have found a book list though (that is not precise) which goes a little way to matching ‘real books’ to reading levels.

When choosing books we recommend that you talk to your friends about books their children have enjoyed and also look at recommended lists to find the best books to read at home. There are so many great books out there you will be spoiled for choice!

We recommend that you make lots of visits to Skipton Library which has a great range of fiction and non-fiction books and runs events in partnership with other libraries in the region.


Finally, we strongly recommend that you choose books that interest your child and, if a book is too hard, read the tricky words and sounds for your child as you read together. 

Useful sites


Welcome to Opal Class Web Page

Learning Journey

Click the Tapestry logo above to go to the Tapestry login screen to view your child's learning journey. You will need your e-mail address and password provided by your child's class teacher.

During the school day we will take photos and videos of your child's learning through play. Usually independently, spontaneously and self initiated. We will make comments on the play and learning that it taking place, and then make judgements on your child's development against the Early Years Foundation Stage profile.


You can 'like' and comment on our observations of your child at school. You can also upload your own observations of your child's play and learning at home. Below you can download helpsheets for:




Click to read 'What to expect, when?' a really useful guide to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS.

Click for information about class routines and homework in Reception

Phonics Teaching

The video below shows the correct articulation of the phonemes which we use to teach reading.

Here is a link to the Oxford Owls website. This contains useful e-books which you can read with your child at home.


Reading Scheme: 

We begin with cvc decodeable resources to read then when your child is ready will bring a book from the following schemes:

Our main reading scheme is 'Oxford Reading Tree' supplemented by decodable books initially such as 'Floppy's Phonics', 'Project X Origins', 'Jelly and Bean'. We have some decode and develop books which help to bridge the gap between 'phonics' books and richer reading.