Reading and writing

Page updated on: 21/01/2021

Children learn to read and write at different rates. Some children will have particular problems with reading and writing. This can affect their learning overall. Sometimes this is called Dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that mostly affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.

It may also affect speech and language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation.

How will my child's school help develop their reading and writing skills?

  • Class work will be differentiated so that children are expected to learn and complete tasks at their own pace.
  • Good support involves partnership – with children, parents, teachers, teaching assistants and other professionals.
  • Teaching needs to be learner centred, with the child involved in planning and delivery to meet their needs.
  • In the early years, in the Foundation Phase, children learn through spoken language. ChATT (Carmarthenshire’s Children’s Assessment and Teaching Tool) helps to pick up if children have speech and language problems, which can link with dyslexia.

If children have longer term problems, school may ask for advice and support from an Advisory teacher. They might recommend a programme for your child to follow, sometimes in small groups or one-to-one for part of the day.

Parents and carers should speak to their child’s school initially for any questions about learning to read and write.

Advisory Teacher Viv Thomas 01267 246460.

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