Playing with sounds and words

Ref: C3530784

Would you like to feel more confident to help your child with early reading? This taster session will cover phonics, word attack skills and introducing a new story. The class will be friendly and relaxed and we will also focus on activities for early numeracy.

Course aim

To build confidence and skills in helping your child with reading and maths.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for parents (or potential parents) and carers who have at least the basics of reading and who are not confident with current reading techniques/ teaching used in schools.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Read a children’s book aloud in English using expression and techniques for engaging the child in the story
  • Learn sounds and actions to help children with phonics as well as techniques of blending and segmenting
  • Learn to support a child with reading strategies such as word attack skills and memorising sight words
  • Learn strategies to help your child with number and shape and space

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A pen and a notebook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • A longer, more in depth course to learn how best to support young children with their learning.

Download full course information sheet

Playing with sounds and words

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This course has been cancelled.


This course is funded by the West of England Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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