We hope you find this information useful whilst working together to support reading.
We’ve brought together a list of ways to help primary-aged children read at home.
1. Encourage your child to read
Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.
2. Read aloud regularly
Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.
3. Encourage reading choice
Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time - it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.
4. Read together
Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.
5. Create a comfortable environment
Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently - or together.
6. Make use of your local library
Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.
7. Talk about books
This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.
8. Bring reading to life
You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.
9. Make reading active
Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.
10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them
You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.
Reading at John Keble School
Your child starts their reading journey in Nursery. We place a huge emphasis upon ensuring our children form a love of books and reading. This happens in the classroom through reading and sharing stories with the children, as well as children being given free choice to read books in the reading corner and in the outdoor area.
The children will share their individual reading books with a teacher and teaching assistant throughout the week so we ensure every child is heard read on a daily basis. This reading experience will involve talking about the pictures, characters and events. They will learn new rhymes, poems and listen to a new story every day.
Children in reception are expected to read x5 per week at home and in school. While your child is beginning to learn to read we will give you daily feedback so you can expect an adult to write a comment based upon the strengths and areas of improvement. Your child will also be given flashcards. This will help with their memory of high frequency words and should increase their speed and accuracy. You should try to practise this with them every night for no longer than 5 minutes.
Reading in school- Year 1 and 2
Having developed a firm foundation of reading skills during reception the children are given a broader experience of reading opportunities. While reading with a teacher and teaching assistant this may include:
- A guided group discussion
- Performance poetry
The books that they are given in class to bring home are guided reading books and should be read most nights for 10-15 minutes.
Children in Key Stage One are expected to read x5 per week at home and in school. The teacher will write a comment in the reading record to inform you of your child’s progress that day. They may ask them to do a small task, spot the tricky words, records 3 facts etc. When reading the book with them, try to discuss what is happening, ask them questions, compare it to real life.
Reading in school - Key Stage Two
In Key Stage 2 the children will read in most lessons during the day. This will include daily reading sessions every morning. The main aspect that we are trying to focus on this year is building upon our vocabulary. These words, which are referred to as tier 2 words, are the words that the children need to understand to progress in their understanding.
The children will enjoy:
- Listening to and reading texts and extracts in their daily English lessons
- Listening to and reading a class story
- Daily guided groups sessions with either the class teacher or teaching assistant
- Visiting the library and reading books of their choice
- Using information books to research their topics
- Having independent reading time to choose a book of their choice from the class book shelf.
We expect all children to read every night. It is important that the children read a variety of books, ie: fiction, non-fiction and poetry and choose those that are age appropriate. The class teacher will check their reading records every morning. The children are expected to write a comment in the record to ask the teacher a question, to review a chapter or to record new words. This is also a tool to keep a running dialogue between us and the children and you as parents too.