A love of reading
Last Updated: Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:00
Your child's reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time in a classroom and around the school. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their 'reading' constantly across all subjects too.
Parents can support this 'reading journey' through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school; regardless of the age of your child. Key Stage 2 children need just as much support and encouragement with their reading as those in Key Stage 1 or the Early Years.
A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'.
The report also offers six tips for reading with your child at home, including:
1. Make time to read- even ten minutes a day
2. Choose different types of books
3. Take turns to read
4. Talk about the book- asking your child questions
5. Pay attention to the language
6. Enjoy reading
The Children's Book Awards list provides excellent examples of books that will engage and excite children. You can find them here:
To foster a love of reading in our children, we will be holding another Book Fair during the upcoming Parents' Evenings (25/1/17 and 2/2/17). These will follow the same format as previously, with all books priced at £1.25. Please come along and encourage your child's love of reading. We appreciate your support.