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Help Your Child With Reading

Children who read, and are supported as readers, develop strong reading skills and do better at school.


There are three ways in which you can support your child to improve their reading at home.

  • Reading Aloud
  • Family Reading Time
  • Book Chat

Reading Aloud


Reading aloud to your children shows them reading is a pleasure, not a chore. Older children can read to younger ones too.


Family Reading Time


Making time to read alongside one another helps develop children’s reading stamina and interest. Let them choose what to read and relax together.

Book Chat


Book Chats encourage readers. Invite them to make connections and share their views. Join in with your thoughts too!

The document below is a guide for parents to support Book Chat.

What Should My Child Be Reading?


In KS1 your child will be sent home with two school books. One book is based on their Phonics level and the other is selected from their Book Band.


In KS2 your child will be sent home with a book selected from their Book Band.


In addition to this we would encourage children to choose books from the Library. It is important for children to be exposed to different authors, genres, and forms of reading. We are often asked, 'What should my child be reading?' First and foremost reading should be for pleasure so help your child to find something that interests them. As a starting point, below are lists of books we have compiled for each year group that we think your children will love and will support them in becoming better readers.



Does your child like a particular author? Below is a link to a useful website, which recommends books your child may enjoy based on popular authors and books.


#BookMatch | The Reader Teacher

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