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Helping Your Child with Reading at Home

As parents / carers, you are your child's most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read. Whilst children read at school, individually, in groups and as part of a class, there are also lots of ways that you can support your child at home. We would encourage you to hear your child read their reading books as often as possible (remember little and often is best), but there are also other ways that you can read with your child or promote the pleasure of reading and here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.


‘Young people who read outside of class daily are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.’

National Literacy Trust, 2012


‘Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, making greater progress in mathematics, development of vocabulary and spelling.’

(Sullivan & Brown, Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading, 2013)


Did you know that around 20% of the marks in the new curriculum SATs reading test in KS1 and KS2 are based around giving / explaining the meaning of words in context, so developing the children’s vocabulary is vital.

Why not have a word of the week on the fridge at home? We also have a word of the week in school in each classroom.

Becoming a reader involves the development of important skills:

  • Using language in conversation.
  • Listening and responding to stories read aloud.
  • Recognising and naming the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that they make.
  • Reading often so that recognition and spelling of words becomes automatic and easy.
  • Learning and using new words and developing skilss to work out what they mean in the context of a sentence or paragraph.
  • Understanding what is read.




Reading is one of the most valuable and rewarding skills your child will learn. We believe that children who read regularly to an adult at home, make greater and quicker progress in the development of their reading and comprehension skills and therefore any time you can spend hearing your child read will provide valuable support to their learning.