READING IS VERY IMPORTANT. Reading  opens up the world of learning to children

Every parent has a vested interest in their child's reading as it holds the key to other areas of learning and life. This interest is heightened when we hear in the press about the decline in reading standards. As a result every parent wants to know how their child is doing with their reading and whether their child has read today or not.

The school will take every step to help your child develop the skills needed to become a confident reader. Parents play an important part in this by encouraging their child and developing a daily routine of reading together using praise and support at all times

IN THE LONG TERM THE AIM IS TO - Develop a passion for reading. Whilst it is important for us to ensure that children can read it is always important to ensure that children do read. Reading should be fun!

We need to help children to see reading as a integral part of learning for life and not just something which is done either at reading time or at home.


Parents have an important role to play in helping their children to become better readers and to enjoy reading. By  sharing books  with your children you are their first teacher. Children who read at home will be helped in their progress and their development.

  • help your child by telling a story through pictures
  • let the child talk to you about the pictures - pictures give  them clues about the story
  • talking to children is important as this is the way they learn
  • encourage your child to give their opinions and explain their own ideas - talking helps to develop reading
  • give your child lots of encouragement and praise - don't get cross if they get stuck
  • if your child wants to read a book again or read an easy book - this will help them enjoy reading and so they will see themselves as good readers
  • comics and magazines can make a refreshing change from story books
  • talk about the cover, the title, the author
  • ask them what might happen next
  • ask them to tell you about the story and the characters -Q.  What part did you like?
  • be patient if they get stuck - help them get clues from the pictures
  • point to the first letter of the word and say it. See if they can guess the word
  • look for little words in big words
  • reading is everywhere - read while you are out - Post Office, Garage,  labels, posters and signs
  • little and often is the best idea
  • by using a library you are introducing them to a wide range of different kinds of books and other materials


Hearing children read is essential to reading development. Part of the importance of this activity is the opportunity it provides for a child to enjoy the uninterrupted time and the attention of an adult. Since such an activity is very precious, it needs to be used so children really benefit from the experience.

Listen carefully so that you can make instant judgements about the nature of mistakes. Reading every word correctly is by no means essential. Always let a child carry on when it still makes sense. If a mistake does not make sense, stop and ask him/her to think again - always encourage self -correction.

If a child is not able to read a word at all: - first of all suggest reading to the end of a sentence and then returning to the unknown word. It is sometimes possible to guess correctly what fits in. If this fails tell him/her the beginning sounds. If this fails tell him/her the word and re - read the whole sentence.

It is helpful for children to read their reading book more than once. After this, children should be able to retell the story, talk about the characters and give opinions as well as read isolated words and find specific key words within the text.