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Early years bulletin

28 February 2022


This edition of the Communication, Language and Literacy Bulletin is dedicated to books and developing a love for reading.


To celebrate World Book Day, the Early Years Team will be running our competition again for you to enter with the chance of winning ten picture books for your setting.


To enter, just send in your name and setting and a brief description of what you are doing to celebrate World Book Day or something you do to promote books and children developing a love of reading. You could even send us some photos of your book events, and if you have got permission from parents and practitioners we can publish these in the next bulletin! Just email eyinclusion@portsmouthcc.gov.uk by 10 March and we will select the winner on 11 March and deliver the books to the winning setting.


The National Literacy Trust's 'Words For Life' website has a wealth of information for parents and practitioners and this page focuses on sharing stories. The tips below are also translated into 18 different languages on the website, you just need to select your chosen language - ideal to share with families for whom English is an additional language.

Have fun sharing books with these tips:

  • Talk about the book's cover and point out the title
  • Let your child hold the book and turn the pages
  • Encourage them to talk about the pictures
  • Use different voices for different characters. Add in sound effects like splashing in puddles, beeping car horns or animal sounds
  • When the story is finished, you could ask them if they liked it and if they had a favourite character
  • Make a den together, like a cloth over a table, with space for both of you to share. You can make your den part of the story - it could be a monster's cave, a rocket ship, or a princess' tower
  • Talk to your child about what you did as a child. Involve the whole family - grandparents may have stories to share from when they were growing up.

And for under 2's, you could share these ideas with parents to support them in helping their child to develop their language skills.


Our 'Read With Me' project is back for its third year!

If you have taken part before you will know all about the 10 recommended reads for pre-schoolers.

The summer term will be the ideal opportunity to start sharing these wonderful picture books with your children, to immerse them in high quality fiction and encourage them to develop new vocabulary, reading skills and also skills in the expressive arts and communication and language.

Take a look at the Read With Me information here and if you have any questions or would like to take part, just email ella.harbut@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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