Information about reading in school and how you can help your child at home.


At SchoolChildren have the opportunity to read individually to an adult in school and are taught  reading skills each week in group guided reading lessons.  These sessions develop children's understanding of the texts they are reading and have a specific focus, for example retrieving information or discussing the style and language used in the text. 

If children are struggling to read new vocabulary, intervention strategies, which include the teaching of phonics,  are put in place.


At HomeAll children have a reading book that they are expected to take home and bring to school each day.  Over the last year, we have broadened the range of books in school and books that children take home have a coloured sticker on the spine which represents the levelled book band that they are reading from.  We did this for a number of reasons:

  • To ensure the children have a wide range of books to choose from;
  • to provde non-fiction books, as well as fiction, that the child can read at home;
  • to include a range of different publishers, rather than sticking to one 'scheme';
  • to sort out books that were looking old and tired.

Reading with you child is vital.  It is one of the  most important things you can do at home to help your child's education. 

It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.  Click on the image below for a copy of our reading booklet for parents.  This will give you lots of ideas about how you can support your child's reading.  Remember also, that when you have listened to them read, you should sign their reading journal as the childern cn earn stickers and house points for reading at home.