Arbourthorne Community Primary School

Arbourthorne Community Primary School

'... a place of joy, inclusivity and learning' OfSTED 2022

We Love Reading - home reading top tips!

Reading is one of the most important factors in your child’s success in life. 

Parents and carers are the people with the most influence on a child and have a really important part to play in children to learn to read. We can work together as a team to ensure everyone at Arbourthorne can and loves to read!

Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make reading at home a really positive experience and a lifetime habit.

10 Tips For Reading With Your Child

1. Choose a quiet time

Try to set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

2. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.

3. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt straight away. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.

4. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don't say 'No. That's wrong,' but 'Let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

6. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly, our school library is open Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays before and after school and you are very welcome to come and read and borrow books. 

7. Regular practice

Try to read with your child on most school days. 'Little and often' is best.

8. Communicate

Your child will have a reading diary or bookmark from school (if they haven’t, ask the teacher). Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading. It is great to ask questions for the teacher to answer in this book.

9. Spot the skills

Look below at the skills information to help you spot which skills your child is using when they read.

10. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, newspapers, match reports, postcards, magazines, poems, and information them a choice is really powerful when it comes to reading for pleasure!

Reading Skills...what stage is my child at?

1. Your child will be starting to hold books the right way up and turn pages well. They will be talking about the pictures and spotting some sounds they recognise, maybe putting these together to make words. They might start to notice full stops too.

2. Your child will be using the sounds they see in words more to make sense of words by blending the sounds together (phonics), as well as recognising tricky words which can’t be sounded out (for example ‘said’). They will be able to talk about what is happening in what they have read.

3. Your child can now sound out most words they come across, and know how to work out what it says even if they’ve never seen the word before. The reading aloud will sound more fluent, more like talking.

It doesn’t stop children are learning to understand what they have read.

At this stage it is important to start to clarify what new words mean. Slow down and talk about what has been read. What might happen next (predicting)? What have the most important parts been (summarising)? Asking questions about what has been read, to show that they are taking it in and wondering about the text they are reading. At this stage children may not read aloud to you, but your reading session becomes more a discussion about what has been read.