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 in 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. 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:
- Make time to read- even ten minutes a day
- Choose different types of books
- Take turns to read
- Talk about the book- asking your child questions
- Pay attention to the language
- Enjoy reading
Please follow the link below for more information, activities and resources about how to support your child in phonics.
Reading at home
Children are expected to read at home and have their diaries signed at least 4 times a week.
All diaries will be checked daily in class. If a child has read independently and recorded the page they have read to this will need signing by an adult too.
Children who have read at home will then be rewarded in the school day as follows:
KS1 and KS2 children
Children who have read at home will be rewarded with a ‘Caught you being good’ ticket and earn an extra 5 minutes playtime daily.
Children who have read at least 4 times over the week will be rewarded with a small treat.
Children who have not had their diaries signed will be required to spend 5 minutes reading with an adult during the school day.
Children will receive a sticker every time they read at home and if they have read 4 times they will be rewarded with a small treat at the end of the week.
The class with the highest percentage for consistently reading at home will receive a whole class reward at the end of the half term.
Please follow the links below to free tablet-friendly eBooks for your child to read at home.
If you can’t read 5% of words in a text the meaning becomes lost. This is why it is so important to read with your child to help them overcome unfamiliar or tricky words, so that they understand what they are reading.
If a child reads for 20 minutes per day at home, that amounts to 3600 minutes per school year and they will be exposed to around 1,800,000 words per year.
If a child reads for 5 minutes per day at home, that amounts to 900 minutes per school year and they will be exposed to 282,000 words per year.
If a child reads for 1 minute per day at home, that amounts to 180 minutes per school year and they will be exposed to 8,000 words per year.
Your child spends on average 900 hours a year in school; however they spend on average 7800 hours per year at home. That is why reading at home as well as in school is so important. Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.
- Children who read often and widely get better at it.
After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.
- Reading exercises our brain.
Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.
- Reading improves concentration.
Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
- Reading teaches children about the world around them.
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.
- Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
- Reading develops a child's imagination.
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
- Reading helps children to develop empathy.
As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
- Reading is a fun.
A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.
- Reading is a great way to spend time together.
Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.
- Children who read achieve better in school.
Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.