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Children should always be encouraged to challenge themselves with their own reading, but they should also be reading a range of books, some of which may be easier reads occasionally, to focus on understanding. We passionately want your children to be enjoying reading and understanding the deeper meanings behind the text and as parents, we have a vital role to play; you can do this by reading the more challenging books to your children and an ideal time to do this is at bed time – a chapter before lights out does wonders to settle children and inspire their imagination!

 

You need to think about your child, their personality and their reading ability. Fluency and expression comes naturally with practice of reading aloud. It is most important that the children are understanding what they are reading and are able to talk about and discuss what they have read.

Please remember that reading is so vital in order to access all subjects and to develop deeper learning. Three things that should be happening regularly at home:

  1. Your child reads to you out loud and you discuss the book/chapter/passage to check understanding and get excited about it with them. This will be daily for EYFS and KS1 and lower KS2 but maybe 2-3 times a week for upper KS2 (your teacher can specify the individual recommendation for your child if you are unsure)
  2. Your child reads to themselves but still has the opportunity to discuss and chat about the book. This may be at home, in the car, on the way to holiday, around the dinner table, or whilst waiting for a club to begin! (It is great if you can read some of the books they are reading, before they do, so that you can have informed discussions with your children)
  3. You read aloud to your children - choose a book that is slightly beyond their reading fluency so that you can model excellent expression and narration. A brilliant opportunity to discuss what might happen next…? A good time to do this is at bedtime, just before lights out.

We hope that this is helpful, and for most weeks, manageable. We trust that you are as excited about reading as we are. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.

 

Book Trust http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/

The School Reading List https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-listsfor-ks1-school-pupils/

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/readinglists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

Love reading 4 kids http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Children’s Book Council http://www.cbcbooks.org/reading-lists/

 

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