Reevy Hill Primary School

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How we teach reading and writing in Nursery.


  • We read simple poetry, nursery rhymes, fiction and non-fiction books, which are displayed in all of our learning areas.
  • We use different reading strategies, looking at the picture, asking predicting questions also how, why, what, when questions. 
  • We provide an environment rich in print where children can learn about words, e.g. signs, using names and posters.
  • We carry out activities using instructions, such as reading visual cues to make a cake or playdough.
  • We have story time every day and use a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, poetry and nursery rhymes. 


Reading Expectations:

  • Enjoys rhyming and rhythmic activities
  • Shows awareness of rhyme and alliteration
  • Recognises rhythm in spoken words
  • Listens to and joins in with stories and poems, one-to-one and also in small groups
  • Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories
  • Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured
  • Suggests how the story might end
  • Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall
  • Describes main story settings, events and principal characters



Although we do not formally teach children to write, there are plenty of skills and activities that are promoted in nursery to support later writing skills, these include...

  • Physical skills - Gross motor and fine motor development
  • Mark making - Pencils, pens, felt tip pens, chalk, whiteboards, paint, sponges and fingers etc
  • Extend vocabulary through songs, rhymes and stories
  • Manipulative skills such as playing instruments, scissor  skills and playdough etc


 If children are showing an interest in experimenting with writing we will support them with this as we promote their individual interests.